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Authors: Eileen Goudge

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Garden of Lies

(from front/back flap)

Sometimes an act that takes but moments to accomplish can change destinies forever.
Garden

of Lies
is the unforgettable story of one such act, and of the lives irrevocably altered by that

single, reckless decision.

On a steamy July night in 1943, Sylvie Rosenthal gives birth to a dark-haired baby she knows

is the child of her lover, Nikos. Tormented by the fear that her doting, wealthy husband Gerald

will leave her when he learns the truth, Sylvie desperately seizes the chance fate offers her. When

a fire rages through the hospital that night, she claims a newborn blonde baby of a dead woman as

her own, leaving her real daughter to be raised by strangers.

Rose,
Sylvie’s real daughter, grows up in Brooklyn in genteel poverty, taking care of a hateful

grandmother. It will take her years to become the successful lawyer she was born to be, tutored

by the loving, brilliant Max Griffin—a man who loves her with a passion it will take years to

acknowledge.

Rachel,
raised as Sylvie’s own in an elegant, rose-gardened brownstone, dedicates her life to

medicine. Scarred by a disastrous romance, she volunteers to serve in Vietnam. Then, in a heroic

fight to save a soldier’s life, she falls head over heels in love—only to find that the deceptions of

the past have the power to destroy her. ...

This utterly irresistible page-turner moves from the streets of Manhattan to the jungles of war-

torn Vietnam and back again, exploding in a searing courtroom drama where the dark secret at

the heart of
Garden of Lies
is revealed at last.

Written by the year’s most exciting new novelist,
Garden of Lies
is a book you’ll guiltily stay

up all night to finish. Richly textured and sensual, full of the passion, poignancy and drama that

mark Eileen Goudge as one of our most sensational storytellers, it is a mesmerizing debut.

This is EILEEN GOUDGE’S hardcover debut. She lives with her husband in New York City in

a brownstone they restored.

Jacket design by Neil Stuart

Jacket illustration by Christopher Zacharow

Hand lettering by Todd Radoni

Author’s photograph © Jerry Bauer

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Garden of Lies

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First published in 1989 by Viking Penguin Inc.

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Goudge, Eileen.

Garden of lies.

I. Title.

PS3557.O838G37 1989 813’.54 88-40395

ISBN 0-670-82458-5

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To my mother and father,

who made it possible

to dream

Contents

Contents..........................................................................................................................................7

Acknowledgments..........................................................................................................................9

Prologue........................................................................................................................................10

Part I.............................................................................................................................................28

Chapter 1...................................................................................................................................29

Chapter 2...................................................................................................................................46

Chapter 3...................................................................................................................................62

Chapter 4...................................................................................................................................71

Chapter 5...................................................................................................................................88

Chapter 6...................................................................................................................................96

Chapter 7.................................................................................................................................102

Chapter 8.................................................................................................................................106

Chapter 9.................................................................................................................................113

Chapter 10...............................................................................................................................117

Chapter 11...............................................................................................................................127

Chapter 12...............................................................................................................................133

Chapter 13...............................................................................................................................140

Chapter 14...............................................................................................................................150

Chapter 15...............................................................................................................................159

Chapter 16...............................................................................................................................167

Chapter 17...............................................................................................................................172

Part II..........................................................................................................................................176

Chapter 18...............................................................................................................................177

Chapter 19...............................................................................................................................184

Chapter 20...............................................................................................................................191

Chapter 21...............................................................................................................................198

Chapter 22...............................................................................................................................203

Chapter 23...............................................................................................................................214

Chapter 24...............................................................................................................................223

Chapter 25...............................................................................................................................228

Part III.........................................................................................................................................234

Chapter 26...............................................................................................................................235

Chapter 27...............................................................................................................................239

Chapter 28...............................................................................................................................243

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