By the No. 1 New York Times bestselling author Miss Layla Beck despises small-town life. After refusing to marry the man her rich father has picked for her, Layla is banished to the remote town of Macedonia, West Virginia, a place where, she is convinced, nothing important has ever happened. When Layla meets the Romeyns, an eccentric, seductive family, she is drawn into their web of hidden truths, and soon discovers to her cost, the smallest towns have the biggest secrets. "Annie Barrows leaves no doubt that she is a storyteller of rare caliber, with wisdom and insight to spare. She is at her best here. Every page rings like a bell." (Paula McLain, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Wife).
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Number of pages: 512
Weight: 800 g
Dimensions: 241 x 161 x 50 mm
"A beguiling novel of small-town friendship and finding yourself." Good Housekeeping, ONES TO WATCH "The perfect read" Elle Magazine "In The Truth According to Us, Annie Barrows leaves no doubt that she is a storyteller of rare caliber, with wisdom and insight to spare. As she subtly unpacks the emotional intricacies of the Romeyn family and their small West Virginia town in the wake of the Great Depression, we're struck by the slipperiness of history-how the stories we tell each other and ourselves often demand to be interrogated; how the things we're driven to know about our families, our towns, our closest intimates, will always change us, sometimes over and over. Barrows is at her best here. Every page rings like a bell." Paula McLain, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Wife "An epic but intimate family novel with richly imagined characters, an intriguing plot and the social sensibilities you would expect of a story set in the South ... sizzling." Washington Post "Barrows, who co-wrote the surprise bestseller The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2008), takes a similarly panoramic approach to the insular hamlet of Macedonia, West Virginia, using multiple points of view with epistolary interludes...[T]his unique corner of Americana-a melange of Yankee and Southern cultures-is re-created as vividly as the very different Anglo-European milieu of Guernsey. Undeniably entertaining." Kirkus "The Truth According to Us is an irresistible novel, a sly charmer of a story about a small town in Depression-era West Virginia whose history is rewritten by a debutante on the run. Family histories, too, are unraveled, but mended by the fierce, strong women who dominate this delightful page turner, a tribute to the power of love and forgiveness to heal even the most heartbreaking betrayals." Melanie Benjamin, New York Times bestselling author of The Aviator's Wife "Lovers of Southern family sagas will appreciate this beautifully written novel." Candis Magazine "An utterly enthralling, evocative story of loyalty and love, trust and truth." DAILY EXPRESS "The heat shimmers off the pages." PSYCHOLOGIES MAGAZINE "You will not be disappointed ... I loved it." New Books Magazine "An absolute treasure of a book ...a deliciously nostalgic story that harks back to a slower, simpler time. Impossible to resist" CultureFly.co.uk "I could [it] read again and again ... you can immerse yourself completely; the characters and setting feel as real as those around you, and when (if) you take a break you'll be shocked to find yourself back in real life." OurBookReviewsOnline.blogspot.co.uk "Why You'll love it: Barrows effortlessly nails the interplay between her characters, her humour and small-town quirks are a joy" SAINSBURYS MAGAZINE "The Truth According to Us will spirit you away to a town from a bygone age, where customs and habits may be different, but where the hearts of its inhabitants, both dark and loving, remain recognisable." View Magazine "A spellbinding tale of family secrets, love, redemption and hope." Woman & Home Magazine "Evocative" Daily Mail "A joy from start to end" Bookclub Pick HEAT MAGAZINE "Annie Barrows creates a worthy successor to Lee's beloved Scout Finch...The Truth According to Us has all the characteristics of a great summer read" Miami Herald "It takes a brave author to make the heroine of a new novel an observant and feisty girl...Like Scout Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird...Barrows...has created a believable and touching character in Willa." USA Today "Sparkles with folksy depictions of a tight-knit family and life in a small town...Add The Truth According to Us to the stack of repeat-worthy literary pleasures." Seattle Times "A big, juicy family saga with warm humor and tragic twists...lively and engaging." St. Louis Post-Dispatch "There is much to recommend this book...a pleasant summer read." Roanoke Times "Good old-fashioned story-telling with a charming cast of characters" San Francisco Chronicle "The perfect read. Read it!" Elle Magazine