Review: Deep Down True

Why I picked it: Manic Mommies Book Club (August 2011)

Synopsis: Newly divorced Dana Stellgarten has always been unfailingly nice—even to telemarketers—but now her temper is wearing thin. Money is tight, her kids are reeling from their dad's departure, and her Goth teenage niece has just landed on her doorstep. As she enters the slipstream of post-divorce romance and is befriended by the town queen bee, Dana finds that the tension between being true to yourself and being liked doesn't end in middle school…and that sometimes it takes a real friend to help you embrace adulthood in all its flawed complexity.

Type: Fiction

Quick Take: At the surface, Deep Down True is a story about a woman navigating divorce and rebuilding her life but you quickly learn this novel is about so much more.

Dana is juggling all aspects of life. from finding a meaningful job, discovering who her real friends are, connecting with family, and learning how to co-parent with her ex-husband.  Mix in learning to date, a niece who comes to stay and a few bumps along the way... this book makes for a good book club discussion.  Everyone will connect to at least one part of the story.

Click here to listen to our lively discussion with author Juliette Fay.

Rating: 3/5 stars
Source: Personal Copy (Audio, iTunes)