The Truth of the Matter

The Truth of the Matter

by Robb Forman Dew
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The Truth of the Matter by Robb Forman Dew

Agnes Scofield, the heroine of Dew's lovely,low-key period piece, can join Mrs. Ramsay and Mrs. Bridge at the teatable of exquisitely etched literary matrons. A respectable Ohiowidow with three grown children, Agnes is beginning to carve out anindependent middle-aged life for herself (which includes a secretlover) when, in 1947, her children all suddenly return to town. Theyhave full lives of their own, but take for granted that Mother willalways put supper on the table and never step outside her role as self-sacrificing, sexless matriarch. Dew's achievement is to captureboth Agnes' ambivalence about these demands and the dignity inher struggle to meet them."-Entertainment Weekly (Editor's Choice)

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ISBN-13: 9780786283842
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 03/22/2006
Series: Thorndike Basic Series
Edition description: Large Print Edition
Pages: 399
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 5.80(h) x 1.00(d)

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Truth of the Matter 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
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This book, following the excellent 'The Evidence Against Her,' is not in the same league as the first book in a projected trilogy. The characters are flat and one- dimensional. The men are interchangeable in their blandness and the women are unlikeable. The character of Betts is shocking in her self-indulgence and neglect of the rights of others. One example is her arriving early and waking the whole household containing people who had travelled all day and gotten to bed late because 'she couldn't wait to see them.' Another is her indefensible neglect of the child Mary Alcorn, first inviting her into a house strange to her, leaving her to answer the telephone, and then forgetting that the child was even there. Oddly ignored were Lily and Robert, two parts of a trilogy of close friends during childhood,along with Warren, Agnes' husband. Agnes is an oddly narrow, mean-spirited woman (like her mother?)who alternately babbles and finds fault. I didn't like these people and don't enjoy reading about characters I can't care about.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Washburn, Ohio as WWII rages overseas, widow Agnes Scofield, who lost her husband Warren in a car accident that she believes was vehicular suicide over a decade earlier, has raised their four children now adults relying on her low schoolteacher¿s wages. She hides her feelings from everyone especially her four children. --- However, the war is coming home to Agnes as her three sons (actually two sons and a brother whom she raised as her child) join the military and her daughter travels to DC. Feeling lonely she begins an affair with long time neighbor Will, but that provides her little if any warmth. By 1947, her kids have come back to town with spouses leading to her missing the solitude of the war years although she loves her children and grandchildren. --- The interesting 1940s THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER starts a decade after the delightful THE EVIDENCE AGAINST HER (Warren and to a lesser degree Agnes were key players in that historical), but is a stand alone tale. The character driven story line focuses on Agnes who distances herself from people as she holds herself culpable for the death of her older spouse back in 1930. Readers follow her as she lives a quiet tepid life that some would say is not living at all until her extended family horde return to Washburn following the war. No conflict occurs even when her daughter and her former lover match up or her brother she raised hooks up with a neighbor in what might be incest. Like the apathetic lead protagonist the story line lacks tension though it provides a solid spotlight on a small town in the Midwest during and after WW II. --- Harriet Klausner
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