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"James Carroll’s The Truth at the Heart of the Lie is at once a passionate love letter to the enduring beauty of the Catholic faith and a passionate indictment of the clericalism of the Catholic Church. This moving and revelatory book, written from deep personal experience, takes us to the heart of one of the great institutional and existential crises of our times."
- Stephen Greenblatt, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Swerve and Will in the World


James Carroll

Early in his writing career, James Carroll was welcomed by the critic Allen Tate as “a new original talent.” Twenty years later, the critic Martin Green wrote in The Atlantic, “Carroll has become one of the writers who shape our sense of ourselves.”

And now, more than forty years on, the critic Robert Brustein calls him “an elegiac artist, a writer of great inclusiveness and tender sensibility. He invariably endows his subjects with deep humanity and understanding.”

James Carroll is the author of twelve novels, most recently The Cloister, which the New York Times called "Incandescent;" and nine works of non-fiction, including The Truth at the Heart of the Lie, which Random House will publish in March, 2021. Other books include the National Book Award winning An American Requiem; the New York Times bestselling Constantine's Sword, now an acclaimed documentary; House of War, which won the first PEN-John Kenneth Galbraith Award; and Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which was named a 2011 Best Book by Publishers Weekly. His oped column appeared weekly in The Boston Globe for twenty-three years, and his essays appear at NEWYORKER.COM. A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, he lives in Boston with his wife, the writer Alexandra Marshall.