Why Men Lie : Why do men lie? Effie MacAskill Gillis, a self-sufficient woman of her time, is confident she knows the answer. She learned the hard way - from a war-damaged father and a troubled brother who became a priest, from failed marriages and doomed relationships with work and needy men. Men lie to satisfy the needs they never can articulate: for sex, for love, for reassurance. Now at middle age, Effie is confident that she's been immunized against the damage men can do. She has the poise and means to face the world alone. Then suddenly, a chance encounter with an old friend on a subway platform changes everything, and love once again rears its thorny head.