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The Truth According to Us: A Novel (edição 2015)

por Annie Barrows (Autor)

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"From the co-author of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society comes a wise, witty, and exuberant novel, perfect for fans of Lee Smith, that illuminates the power of loyalty and forgiveness, memory and truth, and the courage it takes to do what's right. Annie Barrows once again evokes the charm and eccentricity of a small town filled with extraordinary characters. Her new novel, The Truth According to Us, brings to life an inquisitive young girl, her beloved aunt, and the alluring visitor who changes the course of their destiny forever. In the summer of 1938, Layla Beck's father, a United States senator, cuts off her allowance and demands that she find employment on the Federal Writers' Project, a New Deal jobs program. Within days, Layla finds herself far from her accustomed social whirl, assigned to cover the history of the remote mill town of Macedonia, West Virginia, and destined, in her own opinion, to go completely mad with boredom. However, once she secures a room in the home of the unconventional Romeyn family, she is completely drawn into their complex world and soon discovers that the truth of the town is deeply entangled in the thorny past of the Romeyn dynasty. At the Romeyn house, twelve-year-old Willa is desperate to learn everything in her quest to acquire her favorite virtues--ferocity and devotion--a search that leads her into a thicket of mysteries, including the questionable business with which her charismatic father is always occupied and the reason her adored aunt Jottie never married. Layla's arrival strikes a match to the family veneer, bringing to light buried secrets that will tell a different tale about the Romeyns, and the invisible threads linking them to the heart of Macedonia's history. 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. Praise for The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society "A jewel. poignant and keenly observed. a small masterpiece about love, war, and the immeasurable sustenance to be found in good books and good friends."--People "Affirms the power of books to nourish people enduring hard times."--The Washington Post "This is a book for firesides or long train rides. It's as charming and timeless as the novels for which its characters profess their love."--San Francisco Chronicle "A book-lover's delight, an implicit and sometimes explicit paean to all things literary."--Chicago Sun-Times "A poignant, funny novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit. This one is a treat."--The Boston Globe "Smart and delightful. Treat yourself to this book, please--I can't recommend it highly enough."--Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love and The Signature of All Things"-- "Miss Layla Beck, the daughter of a powerful Senator from Delaware refuses to marry the gentleman her father has chosen for her and is forced to get a job working for the FWP to write the first official account of Maecdonian History. Her notions of real life--the social whirl of Newport and New York--are totally upended and she despairs in rooming with the overly eccentric Romeyn family in such a small backwater town. The Romeyn family is a fixture in the town, their identity tied to its knotty history. Layla enters their lives and lights a match to the family veneer and a truth comes to light that will change each of their lives forever in deeply personal and powerful ways. As Layla embarks on this grand adventure to establish historical moments in print, her first friend, the town librarian Ms. Betts wisely cautions: "There is a problem with history. All of us see a story according to our own lights. None of us is capable of objectivity." Set against the backdrop of the Great Depression and told through the incredible voices of three narrators you quickly come to love--Layla Beck, Jottie Romeyn, and her niece, twelve year old Willa--this is an intimate family novel of love and family, of history and truth, and of struggle and hope, filled with the kind of characters once you discover, you'll never forget"--… (mais)
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Título:The Truth According to Us: A Novel
Autores:Annie Barrows (Autor)
Informação:Random/Dial (2015), 512 pages
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Etiquetas:Family Secrets-Fiction, Small town life-Fiction, Great Depression-West Virgnia-Fiction, Federal Writers Project-1930s-Fiction

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Too long. ( )
  MuggleBorn930 | Jul 11, 2021 |
While Willie and Layla were intriguing and definitely compelled the plot along with the Macedonia writing and their investigations,
there were too many boring complications. From the resolution of the bleeding leg through Gerraldine and Bird to the Vause/Love/Fire scenarios,
too much was recursive and confusing...and still is.

With Felix professing love for Vause and treating women as expendables, was he bisexual?
Did he and his sister Jottie end up having an affair as they "traveled" all over the place alone?

Why did the only real men good guys, Vause and Emmett, get burned up or shot, while Felix goes
loved and scot-free...?

Confusion of truth and lies still haunts the ending. ( )
  m.belljackson | Jan 28, 2021 |
I borrowed The Truth According to Us, from my city's public library, because of the author. A couple of years ago, I read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society co-written by Annie Barrows.
The Truth According to Us takes place in the United States between the two world wars at the big depreciation era. The story takes place in Macedonia, West Virginia, a city with a lot of secrets that resolved through the Romney family with their secrets.
Yes, this book has its epistolary form like the Guernsey book. I enjoyed the description and fascinating time and placed it through that time of history. An era that you don't usually see at the historical fiction genre.
I liked the idea to unfold and weave the different truths (perspectives) by many people about the same, and the main plot of the story is clever and very original.
I started to read The Truth According to Us physically, but I enjoyed it even more, reading it while listening to the audiobook through the Audible app. I had a blast with the cast of actors narrating the audiobook. ( )
  AvigailRGRIL | Nov 3, 2020 |
Charming coming-of-age story embedded in period fiction -- a little reminiscent of To Kill a Mocking bird in that regard. Willa Romaine is 12 the summer of 1938 when her little town of Macedonia, WV is getting ready to celebrate its sesquicentennial. There are several voices that contribute to the narrative, but Willa's is strongest -- it's that perfect blend of innocence and awareness -- when you first begin to notice the adults around you have a life independent of yours. In Willa's case it is her father Felix and his sister Jottie, who has always been a mother-figure to her. Felix sells chemicals and has always been on the road, so Jottie has been the constant to Willa and her younger sister Bird. Adding to the unconventional family are 2 additional Aunts and an Uncle who all live at the family house sporadically. As Willa's awareness of the larger world grows, she begins to suspect her father is a bootlegger and goes in search of whatever secret he might be hiding. What she doesn't bargain for is what she will learn about Jottie too and their childhood/young adult years with a third, missing component, Vose Hamilton. Vose died in a fire amid some scandal at the hosiery company the Romaine father had built and run. Jottie and Felix still mourn him 20 years later. This is all veiled in mystery to Willa and she just starts to put some of the pieces together from the various viewpoints of people in her small town. A catalyst to this process is Layla Beck, who arrives from D.C. as part of the WPA and boards with the Romaines. Young, pretty, spiritied, with some secrets of her own, Layla has been commissioned to write the history of Macedonia for their big celebration. She gets involved with Felix, uncovers some town secrets and unwittingly plays a part in Willa's big disillusionment. The characters are all very likeable and small town politics and prejudices are handled deftly and with humor. Everything comes to a head in a series of lies and deception centered on Jottie's birthday and the after-action is slightly disappointing, though it does wrap up neatly at the end. ( )
  CarrieWuj | Oct 24, 2020 |
It took me quite a while to get into this book and it was really only in the last third of the book that I really cared about the characters and the story. The premise is great - Layla is the spoiled daughter of a senator in the 1930s. After a falling out with her father about marriage, Layla gets a job with the WPA to write the history of a West Virginia town. As she starts to interview the townspeople for the book, she also uncovers a mystery about the family she's boarding with. I really loved Layla's letters to her friends and family, which are interspersed thorough and easily became my favorite part of this novel. Overall, a good read, even if it does take some time to get into. ( )
  wagner.sarah35 | Jul 17, 2020 |
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"From the co-author of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society comes a wise, witty, and exuberant novel, perfect for fans of Lee Smith, that illuminates the power of loyalty and forgiveness, memory and truth, and the courage it takes to do what's right. Annie Barrows once again evokes the charm and eccentricity of a small town filled with extraordinary characters. Her new novel, The Truth According to Us, brings to life an inquisitive young girl, her beloved aunt, and the alluring visitor who changes the course of their destiny forever. In the summer of 1938, Layla Beck's father, a United States senator, cuts off her allowance and demands that she find employment on the Federal Writers' Project, a New Deal jobs program. Within days, Layla finds herself far from her accustomed social whirl, assigned to cover the history of the remote mill town of Macedonia, West Virginia, and destined, in her own opinion, to go completely mad with boredom. However, once she secures a room in the home of the unconventional Romeyn family, she is completely drawn into their complex world and soon discovers that the truth of the town is deeply entangled in the thorny past of the Romeyn dynasty. At the Romeyn house, twelve-year-old Willa is desperate to learn everything in her quest to acquire her favorite virtues--ferocity and devotion--a search that leads her into a thicket of mysteries, including the questionable business with which her charismatic father is always occupied and the reason her adored aunt Jottie never married. Layla's arrival strikes a match to the family veneer, bringing to light buried secrets that will tell a different tale about the Romeyns, and the invisible threads linking them to the heart of Macedonia's history. 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. Praise for The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society "A jewel. poignant and keenly observed. a small masterpiece about love, war, and the immeasurable sustenance to be found in good books and good friends."--People "Affirms the power of books to nourish people enduring hard times."--The Washington Post "This is a book for firesides or long train rides. It's as charming and timeless as the novels for which its characters profess their love."--San Francisco Chronicle "A book-lover's delight, an implicit and sometimes explicit paean to all things literary."--Chicago Sun-Times "A poignant, funny novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit. This one is a treat."--The Boston Globe "Smart and delightful. Treat yourself to this book, please--I can't recommend it highly enough."--Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love and The Signature of All Things"-- "Miss Layla Beck, the daughter of a powerful Senator from Delaware refuses to marry the gentleman her father has chosen for her and is forced to get a job working for the FWP to write the first official account of Maecdonian History. Her notions of real life--the social whirl of Newport and New York--are totally upended and she despairs in rooming with the overly eccentric Romeyn family in such a small backwater town. The Romeyn family is a fixture in the town, their identity tied to its knotty history. Layla enters their lives and lights a match to the family veneer and a truth comes to light that will change each of their lives forever in deeply personal and powerful ways. As Layla embarks on this grand adventure to establish historical moments in print, her first friend, the town librarian Ms. Betts wisely cautions: "There is a problem with history. All of us see a story according to our own lights. None of us is capable of objectivity." Set against the backdrop of the Great Depression and told through the incredible voices of three narrators you quickly come to love--Layla Beck, Jottie Romeyn, and her niece, twelve year old Willa--this is an intimate family novel of love and family, of history and truth, and of struggle and hope, filled with the kind of characters once you discover, you'll never forget"--

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