The Lie: A Memoir of Two Marriages, Catfishing & Coming Out

How do you stop lying about who you truly are when it’s been woven into everything you have been? Where does the fake you end and the real you begin? And how can you and everyone you love start over when the lie is finally exposed?

These are such painful questions to live with – and the answers are far from simple. William Dameron wrestles with these thoughts in this heartfelt memoir as he looks back at the homophobia in his childhood, his marriage to a woman alike in his loneliness and vulnerability, and the fallout from and possibilities of his coming out later in life.

Review:

Dameron weaves a wonderful narrative of self-acceptance as he walks through addiction, hope, fear, love, regret, and forgiveness in owning his story and being accountable for the choices he made. His characters are depicted so well in their struggle with the deception and the truth, weighing their heartbreak and their love.

So human at heart, this book grapples with being our authentic selves in the face of ridicule and shame, making amends for hurting the ones we love, and moving forward. It is a beautiful and honest story.

I can’t erase my lie, and so I live in that space between what I cannot fix and what I can. The lie is a part of all our truths.

— William Dameron

The Lie: A Memoir of Two Marriages, Catfishing & Coming Out
by William Dameron
Kindle Edition, 266 pages
Published July 1st 2019 by Little A

Summary

William Dameron reflects on his life (and his future) as a gay man who finally came out later in life - after 20 years of marriage and two children. So human at heart, this book grapples with being our authentic selves in the face of ridicule and shame, making amends for hurting the ones we love, and moving forward. It is a beautiful and honest story.

— Cassie
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