NC Literary Hall of Fame



The Truth Is Hard to Tell by Ashley Atkins

Ashley Atkins
$13.99, paperback / $2.99, e-book
ISBN: 978-0-986290831
February, 2018
Fiction: Literary / Southern
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"Brilliant writing marks this serious look at contemporary America."
—Lee Smith, The New York Times bestselling author of The Last Girls and NC Literary Hall of Fame inductee

Jennie is a good person. Really.

She tries so very hard to be a godly woman, loving mother, attractive wife, attentive neighbor and dutiful sister, stepmother, daughter, and aunt. The problem is that everyone keeps getting in the way of her success. If it weren’t for circumstances and, well, people, she could be just about perfect.

Echoed by the fall of the Twin Towers, Jennie’s world comes crashing down as she tries to make sense of her projections and preconceptions. Sadly, heroic action does not always follow good intentions.

The Truth Is Hard to Tell is set in Charleston, SC, in September of 2001. Within the matryoshka structure are the interrelated stories of eight characters.

Ashley Atkins is a native North Carolinian, world traveler, and mother of three. She is a former fast food drive-thru worker, police dispatcher, middle school teacher, and community newspaperwoman. Atkins is the author of the literary novel The Truth Is Hard to Tell and the young adult novel Tough Mauve.

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