Miss Layla Beck is the daughter of a senator, spoiled and willful. At least her father thinks so when she refuses to marry someone he wants her to so he cuts her off from all of his support and she must go to work to support herself. This is 1938, the depths of the Great Depression and jobs are hard to come by. Layla has an uncle who heads the Federal Writer’s Project and he sends her to West Virginia to write the history of the town of Macedonia. Small communities often house the most interesting characters and Ms. Barrows finds them.
Layla lands in the home of the Romeyn family as a boarder and her real education begins. At one time the Romeyn’s owned the main mill in town but a tragedy 18 years before brought an end to their dynasty. The family lives with the truth of what happened that night as seen only by siblings Felix and Jottie. The town lives with what they think is the truth.
Told through the eyes of Felix’s daughter Willa Romeyn, a twelve year old with a high level of curiosity about her family, author Annie Barrows again mines a small, unseen community with the truths, lies and complexities that make up the lives of all of us everywhere. She has a knack for finding a small tucked away community and showing us the fullness and complications of all of our lives. Ms. Barrows is co-author of The Guernsey Literary Sweet Potato Society. You won’t be disappointed with The Truth According to Us.