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We Were Liars: Introduction
We Were Liars: Plot Summary
We Were Liars: Detailed Summary & Analysis
We Were Liars: Themes
We Were Liars: Quotes
We Were Liars: Characters
We Were Liars: Symbols
We Were Liars: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of E. Lockhart
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- Full Title: We Were Liars
- When Written: 2014
- Where Written: New York City
- When Published: 2014
- Literary Period: Contemporary American
- Genre: Young Adult Fiction
- Setting: Beechwood, a fictional island near Martha’s Vineyard
- Climax: The Liars burn down Clairmont, the main house on the island.
- Antagonist: Harris Sinclair
- Point of View: First person
Extra Credit for We Were Liars
A Family Affair. An interest in writing and literature runs in Lockhart’s family: her father, Len, also has a Ph.D. from Columbia University, though his is in American literature, and hers is in English literature. The father and daughter even co-wrote the children’s book The Secret Life of Billie’s Uncle Myron.
You Don’t Know Me. Lockhart’s website includes a section titled “Twenty-One Things You Don’t Know About Me, Even If You’ve Read Through This Whole Website.” This list includes tidbits about her life such as the fact that Lockhart was her maternal grandmother’s maiden name, that she wrote two novels in the third grade, and that she is a fan of both rollercoasters and wax museums.