Author Martha Mcphee. Author Martha McPhee's new novel is called Gorgeous Lies and it's a follow-up to her critically acclaimed first novel, Bright Angel Time. Both books are about growing up in a communal blended household in the 70s run by a dictatorial patriarch. In Gorgeous Lies, the patriarch is dying. The eight children try to make peace with their father and each other. McPhee currently teaches at Hofstra University.