The Truth According to Us by Annie Barrows
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
My grandparents used to describe the depression in some detail and all spent their formative years in mill towns of the south. Reading this book was like having a conversation with them again. The setting is beautifully described and I could see it in a level of detail that other authors don’t always achieve.
Barrows skillfully weaves the story lines of the characters with threads of grief and the complicated patterns of the secrets that hold us together while simultaneously keeping us apart. Each character reflected traits of both shadow and light giving even the most unlikable character a certain appeal.
I’ve read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society but completely forgot this was written by the same author. While the format is somewhat reflective of Guernsey, it stands on it’s own quite well and is equally engaging.