The truth according to us

The truth according to us by Annie Barrows (Random House, 2015)

This is a fairly long and meaty novel with an interesting plot and complicated characters. It’s the kind of book that will probably be studied by a book club, although it doesn’t have a non-chronological structure like many novels striving to be literature. It takes place over the summer of 1938 in West Virginia, during the Great Depression. The story is told alternately through the voices of a 12 year-old girl, her father, her aunt who is raising her, and a young woman from a privileged background who comes to live with them and write the history of the town for the Federal Writer’s Project. Well worth the time it takes to read.

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