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What does grief look like when an estranged parent dies without saying a last farewell?

In Speak #Truth Lies, Vig Gleeson confronts the complex emotions surrounding her estranged father’s passing. After fifteen years of separation, Vig and her young daughter Ruby arrive on Atløy Island to lay her father to rest.

Set against the natural beauty of coastal Norway, the memoir paints a vivid portrait of a woman’s journey of self-discovery, from fear of abandonment to accepting her own truth.

With raw vulnerability, Vig unearths a tapestry of emotions—guilt, shame, regret, heartache, and anger—as she questions her right to grieve.

Navigating the logistics of the funeral and unearthing her father’s dire financial affairs, Vig delves into the roots of her apprehensions. When her father’s journals and correspondences reveal, not only his enigmatic character but a hidden narrative about her own life, memories of childhood trauma prompt Vig to confront the impact of fear on her upbringing.

Will she find healing in the wake of this revelation, and can she reconcile with her father in his absence?

“Speak Truth Lies” is a compelling exploration of a woman’s emotional journey, the enduring impact of estrangement on personal identity and pursuing closure. Gleeson’s candid narrative invites the reader to witness the profound transformation that emerges from confronting a fractured past and the truth of an absent father figure.

 I’ve been on the plane finishing your book for the last 3 hours. Couldn’t put it down. I have a huge lump in my throat and I’ve been blinking back the tears as I read the last quarter of the book. I loved it!

Bonnie Armstrong, Canada

❝… amazing! So beautiful, so honest, and so raw. At times the pain chimes through the pages. Tears, Laughter, Delight and so much more. I love Speak #TRUTH Lies. What a Read! Fantastic! ❞ 

Cliona in Athens

❝ I am deeply moved by your work. Your book opened my eyes and left me full of emotions. Beautiful writing. Can’t wait to read your next one. I will definitely recommend it to my friends and colleagues.
What a read!

Karin in Austria