A simple premise; if you lived in a land where you were conditioned to tell no lies, could you lie to your dying son and tell him he was going to be OK? While funny at times, the story is so very heart-wrenching and sad: James Morrow just knows how to write great books.
In the city of Veritas people cannot lie, which also results in truthful product names and advertising. Products like the Plymouth Adequate and the Ford Sufficent are great, and a sign hanging on an elevator says "Warning: This elevator maintained by people who hate their jobs. Ride at your own risk."
There is also an underground of people, "disassemblers", that rebel against the truth, and live a life able to lie.
Jack Sperry is content telling the truth until his son is diagnosed with a terminal illness. Unable to face the thought of telling his son the truth, he seeks out the disassemblers.
A short, easy read that is a very introduction to Mr. Morrows writing. Highly recommended.