A Version of the Truth

A Version of the Truth

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In Literacy and Longing in L.A., hailed as the most delightful read of the year by Liz Smith in the New York Post, authors Jennifer Kaufman and Karen Mack captivated readers with a brilliantly imagined first novel. Now Kaufman and Mack return, introducing a character with a unique voice you'll never forget: Cassie Shaw, an irrepressible young woman who reinvents herself--with unexpected consequences--in a funny, wise, and utterly original novel about friendship, love, wildlife, and other forces of nature. In the wilds of Topanga Canyon, Cassie is right at home--with the call of birds, the sound of wind in the trees, the harmony of a world without people. But everywhere else, life is a little harder for Cassie. Her mother believes in Big Foot. Her wisecracking pet parrot is a drama queen. And at the age of thirty, newly single and without a college degree, Cassie desperately needs a decent paycheck. Which is why, against all her principles, she lies on her resume for an office job at an elite university--and then finds herself employed in academia by two professors who are as rare as the birds she covets. One of her new bosses is Professor William Conner, a sexy, handsome, cheerfully aristocratic expert in animal behavior. Soon, under Conner's charismatic tutelage, Cassie carefully begins her personal transformation while meeting the kind of people who don't flock to wildlife preserves--from impossibly brilliant academics to adorably spoiled college boys. But her future--and unlikely new career--is teetering on one unbearable untruth. And Cassie's masquerade is about to come undone...in a chain of events that will transform her life--and the lives of those aroundher--forever. A novel for late bloomers of every exotic shade and stripe, A Version of the Truth is pure entertainment--at once hilarious and wry, lyrical and uplifting.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, 2008
ISBN: 9780385340199
Branch Call Number: FIC
Characteristics: 322 p. ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Mack, Karen


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Oct 18, 2015

Loved it. I always enjoy seeing the under dog get ahead, even if it involved a lie. the lie didn't really hurt anyone drastically.

Apr 16, 2011

Why not to lie on your resume...except it all works out in the end, so maybe the moral is lie, lie, lie...

DanniOcean Jun 15, 2009

SPL Shelf Life column June 18, 2008

Jul 14, 2008

Great book - well written. Does not drag. Has a great story line without being corny.


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DanniOcean Jun 15, 2009

This is an uplifting little novel full of humour and natural inspiration that could be taken straight out of the pages of Thoreau.
Cassie Shaw has always felt dumb. Her teachers told her so, so she gave up on school. Her cheating-swindling husband told her so, and she believes him (but he gets what he deserves.)
Cassie finds that the employment force has no room for a broke, uneducated widow; desperate, she lies on her resume and promptly lands a job as an assistant to a professor of animal behaviour.
Always drawn to animals and nature, for the first time in her life Cassie finds that she wants to learn more. She begins to audit classes, discovers the true reason for her previous ‘dumbness’, and develops close relationships.
But the secret of her false resume weighs heavily on her, and the more lies Cassie creates to conceal the truth, the closer the truth gets to the surface, threatening to destroy all that she has learned to love.
Although it might sound it, A Version of the Truth is not your typical chick-lit novel, but should appeal to any fan of the genre.

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