January Book Club :: The Truth According to Us by Annie Barrows

The Book Club meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month and we’re always happy to have new members! This month, the selection is The Truth According to Us by Annie Barrows, co-author of the The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a widely celebrated novel published in 2008.

The Truth According to Us takes place in the summer of 1938 in a small West Virginia town where everybody knows everybody else and their business. Into this small community comes Layla Beck, a spoiled senator’s daughter. Her father, angry at her for turning down a marriage proposal, has told her to get a job and she applies to the Federal Writers’ Project, a government fund for creating jobs for librarians, writers and historians. Her task is to write a history of the town for its sesquicentennial. She finds a place to stay, boarding with the Romeyn family: Felix, his sister Jottie and his daughters Willa and Bird. Decades ago, the Romeyn family was at the height of town society, but a series of scandals knocked them down a few pegs and many secrets are still buried.

The book stands at 3.8 out of 5 stars on Goodreads and was called “a sizzling story” by Washington Post reviewer Carol Memmot.

Drop into the library to request a copy, or get the ebook on Overdrive or Libby. We hope to see you in January!