Canongate U.S.
Canongate U.S.
Canongate U.S.

Don’t Tell Me the Truth About Love

by Dan Rhodes

Funny, tender, quirky, vulnerable, and exquisitely readable, Don’t Tell Me the Truth About Love—in seven virtuoso stories—explores contemporary relationships with wicked finesse and humor—perfect for your left-of-center Valentine.

  • Imprint Canongate U.S.
  • Page Count 208
  • Publication Date February 14, 2006
  • ISBN-13 978-1-8419-5738-8
  • Dimensions 5" x 7.75"
  • US List Price $13.00

About The Book

Michiko Kakutani in The New York Times said, “Mr. Rhodes [writes] with an anomalous blend of humor, heartfelt emotion, and old-fashioned storytelling verve. [Timoleon Vieta Come Home] is a beguiling and resonant little novel.” Rhodes—one of Granta‘s Twenty Best Young British Novelists—writes some of the world’s most idiosyncratically charming, achingly honest stories. In the territory of love, relationships, and sex he has a remarkable skill for poking fun at our rhapsodic moments of longing and heartbreak.

A chance encounter prompts an aging professor to regret a lifetime of wasted opportunities; a beautiful wife tests her husband by making herself hideous; for the love of a girl, a boy turns himself into a violoncello; a man encounters a staggeringly lovely woman in a landfill and returns there constantly. . . . Funny, magical, effete, and strange, in these seven short stories Dan Rhodes lays bare the pain and enchantment of love.

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“Fierce, funny and deranged . . . Rhodes plainly has talent to burn.” —Gregory Cowles, New York Times Book Review

“There’s no denying the visceral power of his contes cruels. They stick in your mind, and the more you think about the, the richer and more disheartening they become. . . . A powerful and impressive collection.” —Michael Dirda, Washington Post

“Lovers beware. . . . Dan Rhodes is on to you. . . . Teasing, mock-gothic and very funny, Landfill is a Rhodesian re-creation of Keats’ ‘La Belle Dame Sans Merci.’ So, lovers, if you’ve loved and lost at least once, maybe more, welcome to Dan Rhodes country.” —Richard Wallace, Seattle Times

“Clever concept, well executed . . . these quick-take fictional tales about love and loss are witty, often wicked and above all, fun. Read them to your squeeze.” —People on Anthropology

“It’s a clever (and more than slightly irreverent) conceit upon which to construct a novel, but Dan/Danuta brings it off, in the process sending up chick lit and just about anything else that crosses the screen. . . . It’s fun and it’s funny.” —Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post on The Little White Car

“Its heroine realizes she just killed Princess Diana, and suddenly, a larky bit of chick lit becomes a lean, mean hilarity machine. . . . Dan Rhodes . . . races the engines on his considerable wit.” —Entertainment Weekly on The Little White Car


Selected as a 2006 Washington Post Book World Most Favorable Reviews title