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Lying Low
DIANE JOHNSON

Lying Low by Diane Johnson
9 reviews (1978) (278p)
National Book Award Finalist

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Book Description
A National Book Award finalist, this novel relates the events of four crucial days in the lives of four people sharing a rambling Victorian house, "lying low" and harboring secrets not meant to be shared. Theo Wait, a middle-aged former ballet dancer, and her brother, Anton, have taken in two boarders: beautiful Lynn, who never receives mail or visitors; and energetic and effusive Ouida, a Brazilian student and illegal alien who won't let complicated bureaucratic wrangles and constant fear of deportation taint her vision of America as the land of opportunity. A faked identity, a search for one of the FBI's most wanted escaped prison convicts, and a Brazilian feast that spins out of control kick the plot into high gear. While each of these characters has been plagued by a sense of impending disaster, the terrible thing they've all been fearing comes from an entirely unexpected direction, shattering all of their lives.
• Johnson's most recent novel, Le Divorce, was a phenomenal success.
• The thousands of new fans Johnson made with Le Divorce will be eager to read other books by this witty and delectable writer.
• Lying Low was nominated for a National Book Award.


Other Award Winning Books by Diane Johnson
Le Divorce by Diane Johnson
122 reviews (1997) (309p) (NBA)
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Persian Nights by Diane Johnson
18 reviews (1987) (352p) (PP)
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Diane Johnson Award Stats
Major Prize* Nominations 3  
Unique Books Nominated for a Major Prize* 3  
Pulitzer Prize Wins 0  
Pulitzer Prize Nominations 1 Persian Nights ·  
National Book Critics Circle Award Wins 0  
National Book Critics Circle Award Nominations 0  
National Book Award Wins 0  
National Book Award Nominations 2 Le Divorce · Lying Low ·  
Man Booker Prize Wins 0  
Man Booker Prize Nominations 0  
PEN/Faulkner Award Wins 0  
PEN/Faulkner Award Nominations 0  

*Major Prize = Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, National Book Award, Man Booker Prize, and PEN/Faulkner Award

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