All the Truth

All the Truth

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by Laura Brodie
     
 

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One night can alter a life forever… 
Emma Greene enjoys living in rural solitude with her husband and five-year-old daughter, Maggie, far away from her college students in Jackson, Virginia. But late one night, with her husband away and her daughter upstairs in bed, some of Emma’s students trespass on her property. The ensuing

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One night can alter a life forever… 
Emma Greene enjoys living in rural solitude with her husband and five-year-old daughter, Maggie, far away from her college students in Jackson, Virginia. But late one night, with her husband away and her daughter upstairs in bed, some of Emma’s students trespass on her property. The ensuing confrontation changes Emma and Maggie’s life forever.

Nine years later, still plagued by nightmares from that evening, Maggie is living with her father in the same small town, and entering her first year of high school. She develops problems in class when her math teacher, a strange and lonely woman, begins to exhibit an odd interest in her.

In order to let go of the past, Maggie begins to piece together all the truth of what happened that night—and discovers a story of anger, guilt, and redemption.

Editorial Reviews

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“Joining writers such as Joyce Carol Oates and Jodi Picoult, Laura Brodie takes an unflinching yet wise and tender look at contemporary society and the desperate need each of us has to solve the mysteries of who we are and what we mean to each other. A poignant, beautifully realized novel…I couldn’t stop reading.”

“Brodie expertly walks the line between reality and fantasy, life and death, heartache and love, leaving readers hoping for the best and prepared for the worst—without ever really knowing the truth—until the final five pages.”

The Widow’s Season is far more than what it seems to be at first—a straightforward story of a woman getting used to a crushing loss. It’s smarter, slyer, and more unconventional than that. It’s haunting—and haunted too.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425247631
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/03/2012
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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The Widow’s Season is far more than what it seems to be at first—a straightforward story of a woman getting used to a crushing loss. It’s smarter, slyer, and more unconventional than that. It’s haunting—and haunted too.”

Meet the Author

Laura Brodie is a Harvard graduate and visiting professor of English at Washington and Lee University in Virginia. Her first book, Breaking Out: VMI and the Coming of Women, was published by Pantheon to critical acclaim. Her memoir, One Good Year: Love in a Time of Homeschooling, is forthcoming from Harper. The Widow’s Season, her first novel, won the 2005 Faulkner Society/Evans Harrington Grant for Best Novel-in-Progress. Laura lives in Lexington, Virginia.

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All the Truth 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
anovelreview_blogspot_com More than 1 year ago
Emma Greene is an English University Professor living in rural Virginia with her husband and five year old daughter, Maggie. Late one evening three drunk students show-up on her property--her husband is out of town. Violence erupts and what young Maggie witnesses changes her whole life.  Years later, the seemingly adjusted Maggie begins waking from the childhood nightmares that once haunted her. When Maggie discoveries why her nightmares returned, she also learns All The Truth of what really happened that fateful night. Now the only question is will Maggie's whole life change too? There were a number of events that were shocking! I was very much engaged in Maggie's story and wanted to protect her, but then there was a surprise I was flabbergasted by! I just had to read and read until I knew All The Truth I very much enjoyed this book. There were two other main characters in the book, but I never related or really liked them. My focus was on Maggie, but the other two character viewpoints was very important to learning the whole truth. I am recommending All The Truth especially for those of you who like a suspense! 
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow! This just took a twist!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good read, entertaining. In a blink of an eye, Emma's life changed forever when she killed a college student in a home invasion. I think after you finish reading this book, the question will linger in your mind, was the killing justified. The college student did not have a weapon, only Emma (a baseball bat) I wrestled with this question and came to the conclusion that Emma should not have killed him. She had already disabled him with the first blow to the knee. I think the killing came as a result of her pent up frustations, her constant quarrels with her husband, the marriage becoming unraveled, dealing with the pressures of her job, and the fact that she already had confrontations with the victim. In other words, she took all these frustations out when she administered the second and third blow to the victims head. She was found justifable in the killing, even though there was never a trial. In the real world she would have been found guilty of manslaughter by a good prosecutor and would now be sitting in prison. I recommend this book you will find it interesting and make your own verdict on the actions that Emma took.