“The Liar” is a short story by American writer Tobias Wolff. It was published in multiple short story collections, including Wolff’s debut collection, In the Garden of the North American Martyrs. The story follows James, a 16-year-old boy who has developed a pattern of lying compulsively. This habit greatly distresses his mother. As James narrates the story, he reflects upon his relationship with his mother and with his now deceased father. The story explores themes of family, grief, and detachment.