*** The Truth According to Us by Annie Barrows


Annie Barrows is the author of well-loved The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. This time around, in The Truth According to Us, she brings us to a small West Virginia town during the Great Depression, instead of a small British island during WWII. A spoiled young woman is sent to chronicle the town’s story for the WPA and will untangle the story of her landlady and her family, which is tightly intertwined with that of the town. The book is told by the wise-beyond-her-years niece of the landlady, who reminded me strongly of Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird, and who mostly stays within her twelve-year old smarty-pants character. The family story is nicely complicated; the romances don’t always work (yay!), and the historical details are weaved in without sounding like archival research.

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