The Truth According to Us by Annie Browns
Annie Barrows, celebrated co-author of the global bestsellerThe Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, once again evokes the charm and eccentricity of a small town filled with extraordinary characters.
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 of ferocity and devotion, but her search leads her into a thicket of mysteries, including the questionable business that occupies her charismatic father and the reason her adored aunt Jottie remains unmarried.
Layla’s arrival strikes a match to the family’s veneer, bringing to light buried secrets that will tell a new tale about the Romeyns and their deep entanglement in Macedonia’s history. As Willa peels back the layers of her family’s past, and Layla delves deeper into town legend, everyone involved is transformed – and their personal histories completely rewritten.
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.
‘Annie Barrows leaves no doubt that she is a storyteller of rare caliber, with wisdom and insight to spare . . . Barrows is at her best here. Every page rings like a bell’ Paula McLain, author of The Paris Wife
‘A jewel . . . poignant and keenly observed . . . a small masterpiece’ People on The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society