My Wednesday wanna-read this week is Annie Barrow’s The Truth According to Us.
Barrows was a co-author of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society (also on my to-read list), which became a bit of a cult classic a few years ago.
The Truth According to Us follows Layla Beck, who is told in 1938 by her Senator father to join a writing program that is part of the New Deal. Beck does, going to Macedonia, West Virginia, to write the history of the mining town.
What Beck thinks is going to be a boring assignment becomes anything but “once she secures a room in the home of the unconventional Romeyn family,” according to Goodreads. “She is drawn into their complex world and soon discovers that the truth of the town is entangled in the thorny past of the Romeyn dynasty.”
More from Goodreads: “At the Romeyn house, twelve-year-old Willa is desperate to learn everything in her quest to acquire her favorite virtues of ferocity and devotion—a search that 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 veneer, bringing to light buried secrets that will tell a new tale about the Romeyns. 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.”
This sounds like my type of book: a little bit of history, a little bit of mystery, a woman writer as a lead character. It’s got a little bit of everything.
The more than 3.8 star average review doesn’t hurt the book in my eyes either.
This book sounds like a nice, easy read that will take you back in time.