Set in West Virginia during the Great Depression, The Truth According To Us is one of those novels that sneaks up on you. You know, the kind that has you going along, in all pleasantness, and then you realize that you’ve fallen in love with it.
Layla Beck, a privileged young woman, is sent to work on a writing project hired by the WPA, as punishment because she refused to marry a man her father (a Senator) approved of. She’s sent to the small town of Macedonia, West Virginia, to write it’s history; and in interviewing residents, she discovers the hidden truths about this community.
Even though Layla Beck is a major character, it’s the family she boards with (and 12 year old Willa Romeyn in particular), that really make this book what it is. Annie Barrows uses Willa’s voice, much like Scout in To Kill A Mockingbird, to help the reader plainly see what everyone else is blinded to.
I loved this book. It was well written, had marvelous, well-developed characters, and a story that you’ll remember long after you put the book down. It’s a book that will make you smile.
4 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2015
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