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When 10-year-old Genevieve Donovan's Nannie dies mysteriously in the Lowcountry river she's loved and lived near all her life, Genny and her family are heartbroken. In 1960s South Carolina, new industry is encroaching on old country, and Genny fears her grandmother may have gotten in the way of so-called progress. Even Daduh, Nannie's dearest friend and longtime housekeeper, doesn't know what to make of Nannie's death. Was it an accident, or did the drunkard son of a local businessman play a role? What's more, ever since Nannie passed, Genny has been hearing and seeing things she's not sure she can share with anyone except her mother, whose own grief is making it harder and harder to get through to her. Seeking answers, longing for guidance, and unsure if Mama will ever be the same again, Genny gingerly forges a path out of childhood and into adolescence. As Genny struggles to understand justice, healing, and a world in which Nannie is gone but still present, The Truthful Story traces a family's difficult journey through the pain of loss and the survival of love.

©2016 Helen Stine (P)2016 Helen Stine

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Loved it!

Beautiful Story & great narration. I love everything that Jenna Lamia narrates. A Heart warming tale that I didn't want to end.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Chris
  • Greenville, SC, USA
  • 10-24-16

Wow!

I listen to >50 audio books each year. I chose this book only because I was curious to read (hear) a depiction of 1960's life in the Charleston Lowcountry. I wasn't expecting much, but what I found was an amazing novel that reminded me of "To Kill a Mockingbird "...great surprise! Best book of the year!!!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Great Read

Great character development and lots of surprises! Well written with tremendous voice. Loved the book!

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  • Martha
  • Sachse, TX, United States
  • 12-09-16

if you liked "The Help"...

The narrator, Jenna Lamia, makes this book come to life. This is a coming of age story set in South Carolina in the 1960s. I enjoyed the trip down memory lane along with the storyline.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Great Story

Wow what a great story. And Jenna Lamia is the best narrator I have heard. She just makes the story. If you have ever lost someone you love stop and pay attention they will surely send you a sign.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Kind of Ho Hum

This was a story that captured the essence of the South. Jenna Lamia is always outstanding. However,
nothing happened that got you really enthused. I mean it was huge to the characters in the story, but the listener knew just about what would happen. The special gifts that were inherited were interesting, but all in all even though it was a good southern story, it lacked something.

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Loved it!

This was a beautiful story told with beautiful writing. I enjoyed every minute of this listen. Excellent narration!

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Great coming of age story!

A girl's relationship with her grandmother, and ultimately her mother, as well. The protagonist likes to write. This is her "Mostly True Story".