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Who needs the truth?
Eight-year-old Ivy has a vivid imagination and tells lies so that people will like her. With her brother, Brice, in hospital, life at home feels unsettled and things become even more strained after her father loses his job, along with his sense of purpose. Ivy’s parents might divorce and her best friend hates her but, ever creative, she abandons her escapist fantasies and determines to uncover the truth.
In this sharp and funny literary debut set in Northern California during the 1980s recession, Fayette Fox delves deep into the dark heart of an ordinary American family – and finds out that make-believe isn't just for kids.
A funny and heartwarming novel which looks at the life of a typical Northern Californian family in the 1980’s recession through the eyes of an imaginative, adorable eight-year old. Ivy is one of the most beautifully sweet and intelligent children I’ve had the pleasure of reading. I definitely would have been friends with her if she’d gone to my school...I found Fayette Fox’s writing delicious to read.
The characters in this novel are wonderfully brought to life, with both the children and adults being credibly voiced throughout [...] a captivating debut, and hopefully the first of many books from Fayette Fox.