Just the Facts: A Novel

Just the Facts: A Novel

by Ellen Sherman


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Finalist, 2016 National Indie Excellence Awards (Fiction - General)

Finalist, 2016 International Book Awards (Fiction - General)

Finalist, 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards (Two categories: General Fiction/Novel, under 80,000 words, and Second Novel)

Finalist, 2015 USA Best Book Awards (Women's Fiction)

When English major Nora Plowright finds herself staring at college graduation as if at the edge of a cliff, she decides to become a newspaper reporter—and right away, she manages to get a job at a local paper (which you could still do in 1978). Although fearful by nature, Nora pursues a tip from a stranger and soon is investigating corruption at the Maryland State Highway Authority regarding the controversial placement of a major highway. The developing scandal, with its shady “players,” tests both her budding reportorial skills and her appetite for danger. Also, her passion for storytelling makes it increasingly difficult for her to stick to the facts. Honest and humorous, Just the Facts is a coming-of-age novel about finding one’s way in the real world that will resonate with anyone who has struggled with figuring out what to do when she or he grows up.

Honest and humorous, Just the Facts is a coming-of-age novel about finding one’s way in the real world that will resonate with anyone who has struggled with figuring out what to do when she or he grows up.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631529931
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 09/08/2015
Pages: 194
Sales rank: 987,214
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Ellen Sherman received her MFA from the University of Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop, and has worked as a journalist, editor, and teacher. She also has worked as a proofreader, tutor, Girl Scout cookie counter, and training coordinator for literacy volunteers—all afternoon positions so that she could write in the mornings. Her first published novel was Monkeys on the Bed. Besides writing, her passions are choral singing, playing tennis, traveling, sampling new candy, and most of all, hanging out with family and friends.

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Just the Facts: A Novel 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A beautifully written story in Nora Plowright's voice. A well educated cub reporter from diverse Montclair, NJ lands a first job in a small newsroom in the redneckish area of Maryland. It's an emotional pull and I walk down my own memory lane as Nora's story unfolds. Set in the 1970's, the story goes beyond the excitement and angst of journalism and reminds us of our own coming - of - age stories. If you remember the 70s, you'll love the references: IBM Selectrics, cars as big as land cruisers, Wite-Out. If you're unfamiliar with the 70s, not only will you have fun with the retro slant but you'll easily identify with the classic life lessons and turning points all young women experience. I fell in love with Nora and belly laughed at the language describing her constant inner mumblings over men, bosses, parents, roomies and learning to play with the Big Boys. Nora uncovers the story of the year so it's full of high drama page-turning. (You'll want to put the phone on vibrate while reading.) An excellent read, a beautiful read. Lucky me for having discovered Ellen Sherman.
Holly More than 1 year ago
Just The Facts is about Nora Plowright's journey through journalism. The year is 1978, Nora has just graduated from college and has taking a job at a newspaper. While she is figuring out how to get ahead in her job, a tip about a dirty deal with a major freeway being put in sends Nora on a goose chase on who is telling the truth and in the process she discovers who she is and what she truly wants out of life. I found this to be a quick read but it grabs you from the first page and doesn't let go until the last sentence is read. I do like reading books that are set in the late 70's and early 80's, it just makes you think all that has changed in this world and you realize that some things have changed but some remain the same with the way people do business. This book will do good in a book club and all the topics that it will bring up! Thank You to Ellen Sherman for writing a book that had you captivated from the first page to the very last word! I received this book from the BookSparks 2015 Fall Reading Challenge in exchange for a honest review.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings A young report straight out of college is at a small local newspaper reporting on the police blotter and obituaries when an interesting story falls in her lap and may have some major controversy behind it - a road project that could benefit some and harm others as well as the environment. In the midst of her putting the pieces together for the story she is threatened by a few to stop her investigating and leave it all alone. Nora was a great character to follow and I loved how "green" she was, but there were definitely some moments where I wanted to give her some self confidence and tell her to charge ahead and stop asking people's opinions! I understood that she was feeling her newness, but I wanted her to get it together a little quicker.