The Truth According to Us (Prebound)
The small town of Macedonia, West Virginia in the year 1938 is full of quirky characters doing their best (or worst) to get through the Great Depression. The most beguiling is twelve year old Willa Romeyn who lives with her beloved Aunt Jottie and various odd relatives. Willa spends that sweltering summer trying to uncover the town's secrets while listening to gossip from her porch sitting, iced tea drinking kin and neighbors. Into this mix comes Layla Beck who has been sent to do a history of Macedonia by the WPA works. She finds lodging with the Romeyn family which makes everyone uncomfortable, especially when Layla finds there is more fiction to the history than fact and a long ago mystery comes to light. There are some lessons here about speaking the truth and keeping one's own council. Barrows evokes the charm and eccentricities of a small town very well.— Edie
June 2015 Indie Next List
“In 1938, as America is in the throes of the Depression, Layla Beck, daughter of a senator, is sent to Macedonia, West Virginia, to write a history of the town under the auspices of the Writers' Project of America. She boards with the unconventional Romeyn family, whose many members live under one roof. Willa, who is 12 years old and the inner voice of this intriguing story, will remind readers of Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird with her bravado and curiosity. As Macedonia's history is written in an upstairs room, downstairs the family's long-held secrets begin to unravel, and eventually each person has to take responsibility for events long kept under wraps. A compelling page-turner!”
— Susan Diffenderfer, Tall Tales Book Shop, Atlanta, GA
About the Author
Annie Barrows is the co-author, with her aunt Mary Ann Shaffer, of "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, "a runaway "New York Times "bestseller that was named one of the ten best books of the year by "Time" and "USA Today." She is also" "the author of the children s series Ivy and Bean" "as well as "The Magic Half "and its sequel, " Magic in the Mix." She lives in Berkeley, California."