by Maggie Smith
Publication date: March 4, 2022
Publisher: TEN16 Press
Paperback: 360 Pages
The Devil Wears Prada meets All the President’s Men
Megan Barnes’ life is in free fall. After losing both her job as a reporter and her boyfriend in the same day, she retreats to Chicago and moves in with Helen, her over-protective mother. Before long, the two are clashing over everything from pro-choice to #MeToo, not to mention Helen’s run for U.S. Congress, which puts Megan’s career on hold until after the election.
Desperate to reboot her life, Megan gets her chance when an altercation at a campus rally brings her face-to-face with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jocelyn Jones, who offers her a job on her PR team. Before long, Megan is pulled into the heady world of fame and glamour her charismatic new mentor represents.
Until an anonymous tweet brings it all crashing down. To salvage Jocelyn’s reputation, Megan must locate the online troll and expose the lies. But when the trail leads to blackmail, and circles back to her own mother, Megan realizes if she pulls any harder on this thread, what should have been the scoop of her career could unravel into a tabloid nightmare.
Readers who love Jodi Picoult’s topical plot twists and Liane Moriarty’s character-driven novels will devour this fast-paced tale of three women whose lives converge as one fights a devastating accusation, another campaigns for a contested seat in Congress, and one, the young reporter with ties to both, navigates the tricky line between secrets and lies.
About the author
Maggie Smith began her career as a nursery teacher in Birmingham. Maggie currently works part-time as an Area SENCO supporting Special Needs Co-ordinators and managers in a range of early year’s settings. She is also one half of ‘early matters’ training and consultancy, is co-author of the Hands-on Guides series of books, and writes for various early years’ publications.
Truth and Other Lies is my favorite kind of novel-one that tackles tough topics in a breezy, compulsively readable way. Maggie Smith is a welcome new voice in fiction.-Camille Pagán, bestselling author of Don’t Make Me Turn This Life Around
Expert storytelling, and a sharp exploration of the complex relationships between women-mothers and daughters, mentors and protégés, best friends and frenemies-are at the heart of Maggie Smith’s compelling and savvy page-turner. Good thing books are calorie-free, I gobbled it down in a single afternoon.-Karen Karbo, author of In Praise of Difficult Women
Keenly observant, tense, and smart, Smith unravels the complexity of being a journalist in a time where loyalty, motherhood, and the medium itself are in a constant state of flux. Truth and Other Lies has everything you want in a book and more.-Ann Garvin, USA Today bestselling author of I Thought You Said This Would Work
This ambitious debut tackles not only mother-daughter dynamics and family secrets, but also the workplace and real-world politics affecting modern women. Written with an engaging, conversational tone, the story conflicts are both realistic and substantial.-Jamie Beck, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author