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Hardcover Book Details
  • 10/2021
  • 9781039112827
  • 288 pages
  • $32.99
Paperback Book Details
  • 10/2021
  • 9781039112810
  • 288 pages
  • $19.99
Arti Auburne
Author
In Truth
Arti Auburne, author
This is a fictional account of a French Canadian journalist whose adverse childhood experiences dictate the trajectory of her life. The story spans over half a century and shows her evolution alongside societal shifts as she takes on public interest reporting across the globe to challenge shifting truths. Within its dark themes of poverty, mental illness, and abuse, the most difficult aspects are made mentionable and manageable by an undercurrent of lightness and a hopeful ending.
Reviews
Auburne debuts with a moving story of childhood trauma and resilience. Amélie Marchand is an inquisitive child living in Canada with her French-descended parents–her father, who is reticent and withdrawn, and her unpredictable, temperamental mother. In the winters, she attends school under the watchful eyes of her parents, who insist she become fluent in English in order to become a “loyal and true Canadian.” During summer months, she is sent to live with her cousin’s family, where she senses something dangerous lurking behind their affluent façade. Enduring abuse and dysfunctional family dynamics, Amélie grows up too soon and turns to education as a way to escape her past.

With an intense interest in investigative journalism and near-perfect performance in university, Amélie transforms herself into “Am,” a fiercely independent and unfettered woman.When she learns of a dark family secret that puts her past into perspective, she commits whole heartedly to her work– that is, until she meets Charles Stonebridge. Am and Charles immediately hit it off and quickly move in together, but after their twins are born the relationship deteriorates. Am desperately tries to hold on to their romance, while navigating the ups and downs of new parenthood and relaunching her shuttered career, but eventually they drift apart, in the process disclosing shocking personal revelations and past trauma.

Auburne’s story is more literary fiction than commercial romance, brimming with intense character insight and development. Am is a stand out protagonist—equal parts strength and vulnerability—who will resonate with readers, and her eventual full-circle transformation is a declaration of resilience. Despite some of the lengthy prose passages, and a slightly anticlimactic ending, readers will appreciate the depth of Am’s personal journey and metamorphosis–through painful relationships, debilitating self-beliefs, and deaths of loved ones, she manages to stay standing. This story is unsteady at times, but it will reward the interest of readers of fiction centered on vividly rendered women.

Takeaway: A woman works through her painful past and its far-reaching impacts in this stirring account.

Great for fans of: Kristina McMorris’s Sold on a Monday, Barbara O’Neal’s Write My Name Across the Sky.

Production grades
Cover: A-
Design and typography: A
Illustrations: N/A
Editing: B
Marketing copy: A

Formats
Hardcover Book Details
  • 10/2021
  • 9781039112827
  • 288 pages
  • $32.99
Paperback Book Details
  • 10/2021
  • 9781039112810
  • 288 pages
  • $19.99

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