A version of the truth

by Kaufman, Jennifer.

Format: Print Book 2008
Availability: Available at 5 Libraries 5 of 5 copies
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Avalon Public Library Fiction FIC KAU
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Green Tree Public Library Adult Fiction F KAU
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Northern Tier Regional Library Fiction FIC KAUFM
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In Literacy and Longing in L.A., hailed as the most delightful read of the year by Liz Smith in the New York Post, authors Jennifer Kaufman and Karen Mack captivated readers with a brilliantly imagined first novel. Now Kaufman and Mack return, introducing a character with a unique voice you'll never forget: Cassie Shaw, an irrepressible young woman who reinvents herself--with unexpected consequences--in a funny, wise, and utterly original novel about friendship, love, wildlife, and other forces of nature. In the wilds of Topanga Canyon, Cassie is right at home--with the call of birds, the sound of wind in the trees, the harmony of a world without people. But everywhere else, life is a little harder for Cassie. Her mother believes in Big Foot. Her wisecracking pet parrot is a drama queen. And at the age of thirty, newly single and without a college degree, Cassie desperately needs a decent paycheck. Which is why, against all her principles, she lies on her resume for an office job at an elite university--and then finds herself employed in academia by two professors who are as rare as the birds she covets. One of her new bosses is Professor William Conner, a sexy, handsome, cheerfully aristocratic expert in animal behavior. Soon, under Conner's charismatic tutelage, Cassie carefully begins her personal transformation while meeting the kind of people who don't flock to wildlife preserves--from impossibly brilliant academics to adorably spoiled college boys. But her future--and unlikely new career--is teetering on one unbearable untruth. And Cassie's masquerade is about to come undone...in a chain of events that will transform her life--and the lives of those aroundher--forever. A novel for late bloomers of every exotic shade and stripe, A Version of the Truth is pure entertainment--at once hilarious and wry, lyrical and uplifting.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "This writing duo who debuted with Literacy and Longing in L.A. (2006) return to bring us Cassie Shaw, whose life is like a bad country-and-western song. Her loutish husband has driven off a cliff, and no one feels sympathetic. He ran a tow-truck company, swindled people out of money, slept around, and made his wife feel dumb. So, good riddance. Cassie plucks up her courage, adds a fictitious college degree to her resumé, and lands an assistantship in the behavioral-sciences department at the university. Which is fitting: her true passion is for animals, and she worked at a nature conservancy before marriage. Soon she starts auditing classes, discovering that it was her dyslexia, not lack of intelligence, that kept her from doing well in school. She navigates some tricky love experiences and falls for her male boss, the Thoreau-spouting professor. Will he love her back? Will her lie be exposed? More than a chick-lit novel, this is really about class conflict, and Cassie's disarming, candid forthrightness carries the novel.--Cook, Emily Copyright 2007 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Narrator Tanya Eby is immensely engaging and likable in the first-person role of Cassie Shaw, a 30-year-old dyslexic nature lover who, desperate for a job, lies about having a college degree to score an administrative assistant position at a university, where she is immediately intrigued by her professor boss. Eby is perfect at conveying Cassie's quirky, well-meaning, self-deprecating and often insecure personality. Her delivery of amusing one-liners is pitch-perfect, and listeners will laugh out loud while rooting for Cassie. Eby also does a marvelous job with the other characters' voices, particularly Cassie's snobby co-worker Allison, whose dialogue fairly drips with smarmy condescension. This well-paced, entertaining story about finding one's place in the world while marching to a different drummer translates well to audio and is well worth a listen. Simultaneous release with the Delacorte hardcover (Reviews, Oct. 22). (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Women naturalists -- Fiction.
Truthfulness and falsehood -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Delacorte Press,2008
Contributors Mack, Karen.
Language English
Description viii, 322 pages ; 20 cm
ISBN 9780385340199 (hardcover)
0385340192 (hardcover)
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