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The Truth According to Us - A Novel

Annie Barrows

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 opinion, to go completely mad with boredom. But once she secures a room in the home of the unconventional Romeyn family, 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. 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. Read by Ann Marie Lee, Tara Sands, and Julia Whelan, with additional readings by Cassandra Campbell, Danny Campbell, Mark Deakins, Kimberly Farr, Kirby Heyborne, Lincoln Hoppe, Paul Michael, Linda Montana, and Arthur Morey.

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 opinion, to go completely mad with boredom. But once she secures a room in the home of the unconventional Romeyn family, 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. 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. Read by Ann Marie Lee, Tara Sands, and Julia Whelan, with additional readings by Cassandra Campbell, Danny Campbell, Mark Deakins, Kimberly Farr, Kirby Heyborne, Lincoln Hoppe, Paul Michael, Linda Montana, and Arthur Morey.
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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 opinion, to go completely mad with boredom. But once she secures a room in the home of the unconventional Romeyn family, 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. 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. Read by Ann Marie Lee, Tara Sands, and Julia Whelan, with additional readings by Cassandra Campbell, Danny Campbell, Mark Deakins, Kimberly Farr, Kirby Heyborne, Lincoln Hoppe, Paul Michael, Linda Montana, and Arthur Morey.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Ann Marie Lee, Tara Sands, Julia Whelan, Various

Length:

18h 54m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:29


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

06:11


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:23


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:22


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:37


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:02


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:35


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

03:12


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:58


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:18


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:22


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:04


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:13


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:46


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:51


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

02:19


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:39


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:37


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:30


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:54


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:10


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

08:03


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:51


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:32


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:42


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:23


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:00


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:29


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:51


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:43


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:32


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:44


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:50


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:41


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:13


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:48


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:19


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:56


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:53


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:45


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:02


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:04


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:16


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:29


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:35


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

08:23


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:03


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:28


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:42


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:52


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:41


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:52


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:49


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:04


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:41


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:36


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:47


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:49


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:45


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:35


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:34


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:31


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:57


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:55


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:16


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:55


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:03


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:42


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:18


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:54


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:38


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:27


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

03:41


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

03:00


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

07:05


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

08:03


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

07:39


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:20


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:29


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:52


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:38


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:27


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:35


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:50


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

06:10


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:07


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:22


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:26


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:50


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

06:21


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

06:20


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

05:39


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

08:10


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

07:14


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:17


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

07:38


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

07:03


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

07:57


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

06:52


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

04:33


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

04:17


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

07:42


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

06:23


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

06:54


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

06:46


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

07:02


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

04:07


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

04:56


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

06:08


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

05:03


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

05:28


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

08:37


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

04:32


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

04:41


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

08:41


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

02:20


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

06:42


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

07:01


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

07:13


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

06:27


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

07:50


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

07:01


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

05:59


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

05:00


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

05:19


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

06:02


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

06:42


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

06:37


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

06:35


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

06:58


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

07:46


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

08:18


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

05:42


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

07:00


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

04:02


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

04:21


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

04:13


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

05:20


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

06:35


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

05:13


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

06:01


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

05:17


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

05:53


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

06:28


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

06:21


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

03:33


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

03:23


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

05:17


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

04:39


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

02:56


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

04:06


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

02:45


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

08:29


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

05:11


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

05:43


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

05:21


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

07:51


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

05:35


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

07:53


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

03:14


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

05:01


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

05:03


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

07:51


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

06:44


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

06:03


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

04:48


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

04:43


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

05:24


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

02:41


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

02:24


Chapter 170
Chapter 170

08:15


Chapter 171
Chapter 171

02:19


Chapter 172
Chapter 172

05:21


Chapter 173
Chapter 173

06:12


Chapter 174
Chapter 174

05:29


Chapter 175
Chapter 175

08:42


Chapter 176
Chapter 176

02:40


Chapter 177
Chapter 177

08:16


Chapter 178
Chapter 178

02:23


Chapter 179
Chapter 179

06:57


Chapter 180
Chapter 180

03:01


Chapter 181
Chapter 181

03:13


Chapter 182
Chapter 182

03:25


Chapter 183
Chapter 183

06:36


Chapter 184
Chapter 184

07:55


Chapter 185
Chapter 185

06:34


Chapter 186
Chapter 186

05:10


Chapter 187
Chapter 187

05:20


Chapter 188
Chapter 188

05:20


Chapter 189
Chapter 189

05:26


Chapter 190
Chapter 190

05:59


Chapter 191
Chapter 191

08:17


Chapter 192
Chapter 192

01:20