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By Annie Barrows | Comments: ( 721 ) | Date: ( May 29, 2020 )

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 gIn 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.


  • Title: The Truth According to Us
  • Author: Annie Barrows
  • ISBN: 9780385342940
  • Page: 376
  • Format: Hardcover

About Author:

Annie Barrows

Annie grew up in Northern California, and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley, with a degree in Medieval History Unable to find a job in the middle ages, she decided upon a career as an editor, eventually landing at Chronicle Books in San Francisco, where she was in charge of all the books that nobody in their right mind would publish After earning an M.F.A in Creative Writing at Mills College, Annie wrote as Ann Fiery a number of books for grown ups about such diverse subjects as fortune telling she can read palms , urban legends there are no alligators in the sewer , and opera she knows what they re singing about In 2003, Annie grew weary of grown ups, and began to write for kids, which she found to be way fun.



Comments The Truth According to Us

  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽

    4.5 stars. A tale of secrets and intertwined lives in the small, one-factory town of Macedonia, West Virginia in 1938. The story is told from the alternating viewpoints of 12 year old Willa Romeyn, her 36 year old aunt Josephine (Jottie) Romeyn, and Layla Beck, a young woman from a wealthy and prominent family who is boarding with Jottie for the summer while she writes a history of the town for the Federal Writers' Project. The FWP was an actual New Deal program, designed to support writers duri [...]


  • Victoria

    This book could have used serious editing--as in cutting at least 150 pages--and more diligent focus on characters, narrative and plot. As you’ll note from the description, the author was partly responsible for The Guernsey Literary Society, a book that simply oozed with charm and lovable characters, and I am left to wonder how much input this author had in that book’s success. How many ways did this story disappoint?1. Length. It took over 250 pages before anything really happened. I think [...]


  • Angela M

    This book is so very much about time and place , that this small town called Macedonia in West Virginia in 1938 , is almost another character . Such a clear sense of place is depicted ! With descriptions like this you can't help but see it :"Bird and I trudged along Academy Street in silence . I suppose if you'd never seen them before, all the houses on our street looked the same, big and white - brick. If you gazed through the polished lens of experience, though , each one was different. You co [...]


  • Phrynne

    I really only read this book because I knew the author co wrote The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society but I am very glad I did read it because it is good. I fell in love with many of the characters especially Willa and Jottie and in the end I sat and read way past my bed time because I had to find out what happened to everyone. The ending turned out to be realistic rather than happy ever after but that was okay. This is one of those books which sucks you in with perfect descriptions [...]


  • Esil

    Somewhere between 3.5 and 4 stars. Annie Barrows wrote the Ivy and Bean books which I read over and over with my daughter when she was younger. And reading The Truth About Us was like reading a version of Ivy and Bean for adults -- which is mostly a positive thing. Barrows tells an excellent story -- a good yarn! Told from the perspective of Leila, Willa and Jottie, the story takes place in 1938 in Macedonia, a small town in West Virginia. Leila comes to Macedonia from Washington to write a hist [...]


  • Holly

    What can I say? This books starts out with it being the summer of 1938.d boy, did I feel like I was there in thick of that sweltering heat. That's what I loved most about this book: it made me me feel like I was in West Virginia. I could see everyone so plainly. I saw everyone sitting out on their porches, drinking their iced tea, and stopping by saying hello. All the characters were right there in my sight: Jottie, Layla, Willa & Bird, Minerva & Mael the secondary characters, they were [...]


  • Connie

    As the title suggests, the characters in this book are delving into secrets to find out the truth--and there may be more than one truth. The narrator is twelve-year-old Willa Romeyn, a likable, precocious girl in the small West Virginian town of Macedonia. She has been eavesdropping on conversations, and sneaking around trying to find out the truth about her father Felix's occupation, family secrets, and life in general.Another truth-seeker is Layla, a young woman boarding with the Romeyns who i [...]


  • Susan Johnson

    It's summer time, hot, and you want to lay out on a hammock, sip a lemonade and read a good book. This is a great one to do that. Written by the co-author of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society it takes place in the small town of Macedonia, West Virginia, during the Great Depression. Layla Beck is the spoiled daughter of an U.S. Senator who one rebels by refusing to marry the man selected for her to marry. Sen. Beck is so enraged that he cuts her off without a dime and signs her up [...]


  • ☮Karen

    3.5 stars. A charming and quaint story with memorable characters set during the depression.It's a dripping hot summer in 1938 and Layla Beck is being punished by her father, a Senator, for not agreeing to marry the boring chap he has chosen for her. The punishment is a job with the WPA writing a history of a small Virginia town, celebrating its sesquicentenial. This lands Layla in a prominent household of the communty as a boarder, and soon she has set the family on its ear, striking up a relati [...]


  • Ashley

    This was well on its way to being a 5-star review - right up until the very end. I loved the way Annie Barrows described the fictional town of Macedonia, West Virginia. She made me feel like I was living in Small Town, USA during 1938. The story was told from the perspective of three females - Layla Beck, the daughter of a senator who was sent to Macedonia to write its history after she refused to marry the man of her father's choosing; Jottie Romeyn, the owner of the home where Layla boarded wh [...]


  • DeB MaRtEnS

    Quaint. However, the novel dragged so badly that I simply gave up.


  • Sharon Siepel

    How can I even begin to describe how much I enjoyed reading this book? The Truth According to Us by Annie Barrows unravels the secrets of a small Depression-era West Virginia town through the eyes of 12 year old Willa and Layla, a young woman assigned by Roosevelt's Writer Project to research and write the history of town in time for its 150th birthday.Though the book mainly focuses on one family in particular, readers are introduced to many citizens of Macedonia, all with the quirks, agendas, a [...]


  • Morgannah

    Full Disclosure:This book was sent to me via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This book was written by Annie Barrows who is a co-author of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society . The majority of the tale is told from the POV of a 12 year old girl named Willa. While Willa is witty and insightful I just couldn't suspend belief long enough to fully engage with her as a 12 year old girl. The other characters are well written and hold a certain charm while lacking in significant [...]


  • Susan

    Let's get this right out in the open - this is NOT another Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. The primary author of that book club favorite was ailing when she asked her niece, Annie Barrows, to help her finish it. The Truth According to Us, although it is partially epistolary, is a very different read with a much more bittersweet tone. The novel uses several different POVs to tell the Depression-era story of Layla Beck, a spoiled socialite whose father cuts her off when she refuses [...]


  • Rebecca Foster

    (3.5) They say there are only two basic plots: a stranger comes to town, or the hero sets off on a journey. Well, here’s the first of those in action. This atmospheric historical novel is set in the sweltering summer of 1938. Layla Beck, a spoiled senator’s daughter, has been sent to Macedonia, West Virginia by the WPA to document the town’s story in advance of its sesquicentennial. Her uncle pulls strings to get her the job even though he thinks his flighty niece is “exactly as fit to w [...]


  • Jessica

    I adored The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. And though Annie Barrows really only helped finish that book for her aunt, that was 99% of why I snatched up this ARC. (Also, I love books that take place in West Virginia, as it's kind of my secondary home state)This is about Layla, a privileged young woman whose independent streak has resulted in being cut off by her well-to-do family in the depths of the Depression. She ends up assigned to work on the Federal Writer's Project in Mace [...]


  • Yzabel Ginsberg

    [I received a copy through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.]This was a strange read, one that I both liked, but less than I had hoped and expected. To be honest, I found the book a wee bit too long. Somehow, it felt like it could've been tightened, and although the last chapters, after the "reveal", were needed, they still seemed to drag a little.The style here mixes present tense first person narrative, past tense third person narrative, and excerpts from letters. I liked the tone o [...]


  • Clarabel

    Ce roman, très attendu depuis que j'avais été enchantée par Le cercle littéraire des amateurs d'épluchures de patates, co-écrit par Annie Barrows et sa tante Mary Ann Shaffer, ne lui arrive sans doute pas à la cheville, mais offre malgré tout un instant de lecture absolument réjouissant. L'histoire nous balade gentiment, au cours des 600 pages, à travers les rues de Macedonia et en compagnie d'une brochette de personnages attachants, qui se plaisent à colporter toutes sortes de fable [...]


  • Lynn G.

    I really enjoyed this story, especially the different versions of 'truth' proffered by the different characters. Willa, the narrator, concludes in the epilogue: "The truth of other people is a ceaseless business. You try to fix your ideas about them, and you choke on the clot you've made." In a small way The Truth According to Us reminds me of the Japanese Rashomon tale that explores four different characters' testimonies of the same event; they collide and diverge depending on each character's [...]


  • Fictionophile

    Several years ago I read "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" by by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. I enjoyed it so much that I felt sure I would enjoy a novel by one of its authors, and I chose to read this novel on the strength of that. I was right!"The truth according to us" is set in the fictional mill town of Macedonia, West Virginia in 1938. The characters are richly drawn and the book's pace is as slow as the sultry summer in which the story unfolds.The town, situated o [...]


  • Meags

    4 StarsSet in the 1930s, The Truth According to Us follows the intersecting lives of three women living in the small town of Macedonia, West Virginia.The historical fiction elements and the vivid imagery created by the author made for quite a captivating read. The aspect of the story I found particularly interesting was how the “truth” of history can be fictionalized by the people telling it. One of the main characters (Layla Beck) was tasked with crafting a written history of the town of Ma [...]


  • Jennifer

    3.5 stars rounded up to 4.I really liked this book, although I'll admit that going into it I expected that I was going to *love* it. To that end, it fell short. The book is entirely too long, and with tighter editing could be shortened by at least 100 pages, resulting in a more powerful story.After refusing to marry a man of her parents' choosing, Layla Beck is cut off from her family's money and forced to get a job through the Works Progress Administration writing the history of Macedonia, West [...]


  • Lisa B.

    Layla Beck is sent to Macedonia, WV as part of the Federal Writers’ Project. She boards with the Romeyn family. Under their roof lives Felix, his sister Jottie and his two daughters Willa and Bird. His other two sisters, Mae and Minerva (both married) are part time residents. We also spend time with another brother Emmett and a childhood friend, Sol. As Layla researches the town’s history, she uncovers several secrets. Not just about Macedonia, but also about the Romeyns.I absolutely love wh [...]


  • Melissa Rochelle

    I like stories set in small-towns. I like historical fiction. I like family secrets. I like books that use letters (or other documents) to tell a story.I should have devoured this book and demanded more at the end, but no. I liked it, but I really wanted to love it.3.5 starsIt's summer 1938 in Macedonia, West Virginia. Willa Romeyn lives with her smart Aunt Jottie, quirky twin Aunts Mae and Minerva, her little sister Bird, and her there-one-minute-gone-the-next father Felix. She's an excellent s [...]


  • Jamise // Spines & Vines

    I could not wait for this book to end. While I love Annie Barrows writing style this book was about 150 pages too long. What Barrows gets right is the ability to make the reader feel like they are imbedded in the story. You feel the hot suffocating weather, taste the cool ice cream on a summer day and see the fireflies at night. Set in 1930's West Virginia, I enjoyed the characters, the Romeyn family dynamic and the intriguing storyline of the town history being unearthed by a high society debut [...]


  • Whitney

    I grew up EXACTLY in the region where this book takes place. I could not read this without getting a "Bizzarro" vibe throughout the whole thing. Very few people write books about West Virginia, it seems like. So the few ones who do really get the hairy eyeball treatment.Item 1: Macedonia does not exist. It looks like the author threw together a mishmash of Martinsburg and Berkeley Springs, WV. Sock factories and apple orchards are accurate. But the names are all OFF, which brings me to:Item 2: C [...]


  • Eva • All Books Considered

    Review originally posted at All Books Considered: 5 STARSAfter Station Eleven, this is my favorite book I've read this year. Set in the summer of 1938, I could feel the oppressive heat and rebel sympathies oozing out of the pages that I couldn't stop turning. Even though Macedonia, West Virginia is a fictional place, you couldn't put that past me. That is, I felt I was there and it was the summer of 1938 as I was reading -- the descriptions were so vivid and so engaging. Willa Romeyn is a sooths [...]


  • Syrie James

    I really enjoyed this novel. The story takes place in Macedonia, a fictitious small town in West Virginia in the summer of 1938, and the author did a wonderful job of setting the time and place so that you really feel that you are there. I liked that there were three narrators--12-year-old Willa, her Aunt Jottie, and Layla, the young woman who's come to town to interview the locals to write the history of Macedonia. I enjoyed following the story from their different POVs. I especially loved read [...]


  • Arlena

    Title: The Truth According to UsAuthor: Annie BarrowsPublisher: Random HouseReviewed By: Arlena DeanRating: FiveReview:"The Truth According To Us" by Annie BarrowsWhat I liked about the novel.This was a very well written story of just how secrets were kept in this Depression era West Virginia town that were brought out by a young woman assigned by the Roosevelt Writer Project to research this towns Macedonia history for its 150th birthday. The stories that were brought out were simply amazing es [...]


  • Cndy

    It's 1938 in Macedonia, W. Va. Small town USA. Very small town. Everyone knows everyone, everyone thinks they know everyone, most gossip about everyone. Yes I'm sure you get the picture. Twelve year old Willa has decided to listen and pay attention to all forms of conversation with 'ferocity and devotion'. Lyla Beck, suddenly cut off from all fatherly funding, comes to stay at Willa's house as a boarder. Lyla is working for the WPA as a writer. Come to town to write the history of this little un [...]


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