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The truth according to us : a novel / Annie Barrows.

By: Barrows, Annie [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookDescription: 491 pages ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780857987945 :.Other title: The truth according to us.Subject(s): City and town life -- West Virginia -- Fiction | Families -- West Virginia -- Fiction | Family secrets -- Fiction | Domestic fiction, AmericanGenre/Form: Domestic fiction.DDC classification: 813.6 Summary: In the summer of 1938, Layla Beck is forced out of the lap of luxury and sent by her Senator father to work on the Federal Writers' Project, a New Deal jobs program. Assigned to cover the history of the little mill town of Macedonia, West Virginia, Layla envisions a summer of tedium. However, once she secures a room in the home of the unconventional Romeyn family, she is completely drawn into their complex world. At the Romeyn house, twelve-year-old Willa is desperate to acquire her favourite virtues - ferocity and devotion - a search that leads her into a thicket of mysteries, including the questionable business with which her charismatic father is always occupied and the reason her adored aunt Jottie never married. Layla's arrival strikes a match to the family's veneer, bringing to light buried secrets that will tell a different tale about the Romeyns and their deep entanglement in Macedonia's history. As Willa peels back the layers of her family's story, and Layla delves deeper into town legend, everyone involved is transformed ? and their personal histories completely rewritten.
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Annie Barrows, celebrated co-author of the global bestseller The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society , once again evokes the charm and eccentricity of a small town filled with extraordinary characters. <br> <br> In the summer of 1938, Layla Beck is forced out of the lap of luxury and sent by her Senator father to work on the Federal Writers' Project, a New Deal jobs program. Assigned to cover the history of the little mill town of Macedonia, West Virginia, Layla envisions a summer of tedium.<br> <br> However, once she secures a room in the home of the unconventional Romeyn family, she is completely drawn into their complex world.<br> <br> At the Romeyn house, twelve-year-old Willa is desperate to acquire her favourite virtues - ferocity and devotion - a search that leads her into a thicket of mysteries, including the questionable business with which her charismatic father is always occupied and the reason her adored aunt Jottie never married.<br> <br> Layla's arrival strikes a match to the family's veneer, bringing to light buried secrets that will tell a different tale about the Romeyns and their deep entanglement in Macedonia's history. As Willa peels back the layers of her family's story, and Layla delves deeper into town legend, everyone involved is transformed - and their personal histories completely rewritten.<br> <br> Quirky, loveable, and above all human, this novel of small-town life in the 1930s is an immersive experience that will leave readers reeling and wanting more. <br> <br> 'A jewel . . . poignant and keenly observed . . . a small masterpiece' People on The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society<br>

In the summer of 1938, Layla Beck is forced out of the lap of luxury and sent by her Senator father to work on the Federal Writers' Project, a New Deal jobs program. Assigned to cover the history of the little mill town of Macedonia, West Virginia, Layla envisions a summer of tedium. However, once she secures a room in the home of the unconventional Romeyn family, she is completely drawn into their complex world. At the Romeyn house, twelve-year-old Willa is desperate to acquire her favourite virtues - ferocity and devotion - a search that leads her into a thicket of mysteries, including the questionable business with which her charismatic father is always occupied and the reason her adored aunt Jottie never married. Layla's arrival strikes a match to the family's veneer, bringing to light buried secrets that will tell a different tale about the Romeyns and their deep entanglement in Macedonia's history. As Willa peels back the layers of her family's story, and Layla delves deeper into town legend, everyone involved is transformed ? and their personal histories completely rewritten.

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Barrows's (coauthor, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society) first solo foray into adult fiction is set in the small town of Macedonia, WV, during the Great Depression. The author paints an accurate, desperate, and sometimes humorous depiction of that time through the eyes of inquisitive adolescent Willa Romeyn, her wise aunt Jottie, and beautiful Layla Beck, whose senator father has cut off her allowance and sent her to work on the Federal Writers' Project. Layla takes a room in the Romeyn household, and her arrival brings to light long-buried secrets. Although the work contains some beautiful writing that highlights courage, determination, loyalty, and forgiveness, it is overly long, with too many themes and plots. VERDICT Owing to its length and the multitude of narrators (Ann Marie Lee, Tara Sands, Julia Whelan, and others), the work may be difficult to follow in audio format and most likely better fits print format. ["Delightful yet at times heart-wrenching story of life in a Depression-ridden small town": LJ 4/15/15 starred review of the Dial hc.]-Sandra C. Clariday, Cleveland, TN © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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