A National Book Award finalist, this novel relates the events of four crucial days in the lives of four people sharing a rambling Victorian house, "lying low" and harboring secrets not meant to be shared. Theo Wait, a middle-aged former ballet dancer, and her brother, Anton, have taken in two boarders: beautiful Lynn, who never receives mail or visitors; and energetic and effusive Ouida, a Brazilian student and illegal alien who won't let complicated bureaucratic wrangles and constant fear of deportation taint her vision of America as the land of opportunity. A faked identity, a search for one of the FBI's most wanted escaped prison convicts, and a Brazilian feast that spins out of control kick the plot into high gear. While each of these characters has been plagued by a sense of impending disaster, the terrible thing they've all been fearing comes from an entirely unexpected direction, shattering all of their lives.
. Johnson's most recent novel, Le Divorce, was a phenomenal success.
. The thousands of new fans Johnson made with Le Divorce will be eager to read other books by this witty and delectable writer.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Used availability for Diane Johnson's Lying Low

Hardback Editions

1978 : USA Hardback
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Title: Lying Low
Author(s): Diane Johnson
ISBN: 0-394-49890-9 / 978-0-394-49890-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
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April 1979 : UK Hardback
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Title: Lying Low
Author(s): Diane Johnson
ISBN: 0-370-30174-9 / 978-0-370-30174-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: The Bodley Head Ltd
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Paperback Editions

April 1998 : USA Paperback
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Title: Lying Low (William Abrahams Book)
Author(s): Diane Johnson
ISBN: 0-452-27945-3 / 978-0-452-27945-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Plume
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June 1988 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Lying Low
Author(s): Diane Johnson
ISBN: 0-449-21559-8 / 978-0-449-21559-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Fawcett
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June 1983 : USA Paperback
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Title: Lying Low
Author(s): Diane Johnson
ISBN: 0-394-71376-1 / 978-0-394-71376-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Inc
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May 1980 : USA Paperback
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Title: Lying Low
Author(s): Diane Johnson
ISBN: 0-671-83019-8 / 978-0-671-83019-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pocket Books
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