Vernon Subutex 1: A Novel by Virginie Despentes (translated by Frank Wynne):
Some men do not really change past the age of fifteen. She recognizes this curious little habit men have of telling foolish, barefaced lies, probably based on the principle that women are too half-witted to distinguish between a plausible assertion and a story that does not make sense. Vernon lies the way he did when he was fifteen when the bedroom reeked of stale tobacco in the morning and he and Xavier would claim the smell was coming from outside and refuse to budge an inch. When it came to twisting the truth, Nicolas had inherited all the family flair. Xavier had always been a terrible liar.
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