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  • Posted October 15, 2011

    A reminder that you are what you want to be

    A good read about a girl whos given up in the past, and made some bad decisions in love, just deciding she's d-o-n-e. Reinventing herself may have started with a lie, but she discovers who she was all along.

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  • Posted February 2, 2009

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    Tanya Eby is a relatively new narrator's voice for this listener - and she's a pleasure to hear. Her voice is distinct, well modulated, and pleasing. She conveys the protagonist's angst, determination, and joy with only a slight change in pitch. To some, this may seem like a minor detail but it's quite effective. For openers in this, the second novel by the gifted writing team of Kaufman and Mack, we hear Cassie say, 'I didn't intend to lie on my resume. It just happened..' Hmmmm, perhaps so but Cassie is a master of pretense. She's been faking it since childhood, initially pretending to read in school by memorizing, then telling her mother she had done her homework at school, and trying to convince friends that being called 'dumb' didn't matter. Now, she's 30-years-old and badly in need of a paying job. Her only assets seem to be some years spent at a wildlife center and Sam, a smart (sometimes foul) mouthed parrot bequeathed to her by a former tutor. Discouragement is now her middle name as all the employment agencies want to know why she didn't finish high school, and then show her the door as quickly as possible. So, she does what she's done in the past - she fakes it, her resume that is. She lists the credentials she wishes she had, describes who she would like to be. Cassie does land an office job at a topnotch university with two bosses, both professors. One, William Conner, is incredibly handsome and he sees behind Cassie's mask, sees things about her that she does not yet know herself. However, smooth sailing eventually turns into stormy seas, and Cassie stands to lose everything. A Version of the Truth is laced with humor, unpredictability, and vivid imagery. Enjoy! - Gail Cooke

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    Posted February 10, 2011

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