Set in two charismatic towns in Portugal, The Scent of a Lie is a magic realist book of fourteen intertwined stories. Characters weave in and out of their connected lives in a setting that encourages metaphysical longing. This is a remarkable debut collection of tales told by a true storyteller.
About the author
Born in Angola and raised in Portugal, paulo da costa is a writer, editor and translator living in Victoria, BC. His first book of fiction, The Scent of a Lie, received the 2003 Commonwealth First Book Prize for the Canada-Caribbean Region and the W.O. Mitchell City of Calgary Book Prize. His poetry and fiction have been published in literary magazines around the world and have been translated to Italian, Mandarin, Spanish, Serbian, Slovenian and Portuguese. His latest book of fiction, The Green and Purple Skin of the World, was released by Broadview Press / Freehand Books in 2013.