Bestselling author Patti Callahan Henry is back with a powerful novel about the stories we tell and the people we trust.
Eve and Cooper Morrison are Savannah’s power couple. They’re on every artistic board and deeply involved in the community. She owns and operates a letterpress studio specializing in the handmade; he runs a digital magazine featuring all things southern gentlemen. The perfect juxtaposition of the old and the new, Eve and Cooper are the beautiful people. The lucky ones. And they have the wealth and name that comes from being part of an old Georgia family. But things may not be as good as they seem. Eve’s sister, Willa, is staying with the family until she gets “back on her feet.” Their daughter, Gwen, is all adolescent rebellion. And Cooper thinks Eve works too much. Still, the Morrison marriage is strong. After twenty-one years together, Eve and Cooper know each other. They count on each other. They know what to expect. But when Cooper and Willa are involved in a car accident, the questions surrounding the event bring the family close to breaking point. Sifting between the stories—what Cooper says, what Willa remembers, what the evidence indicates—Eve has to find out what really happened. And what she’s going to do about it.
A riveting story about the power of truth, The Stories we Tell will open your eyes and rearrange your heart.
There are stories about family and there are stories about what family should look like.
The Stories We Tell gives us the goods and uglies of the Morrisons, a well-known family in the community of Savannah where there isn’t much of a fine line when it comes to rumors, gossips and truths.
Eve Morrison has her own set of obligations for herself, her family and her business. She wants everything to work out smoothly but when her husband and sister are involved in a car accident, she has to ask herself – is she going to fulfill her obligations or set them aside so that she can discover the truth of what really happened?
Life happens, you may say. But to Eve, she doesn’t want confrontations or public arguments. Anything that can cause a scene is just not supposed to happen. But a car accident is not something she can erase or neglect. And when the ones she loves keep telling things that don’t add up, she knows she has to do something differently.
Eve is not perfect. I dislike many of her flaws but strangely, she reminds me of those I know in real life, those who appear cheerful but never dare to communicate their honest feelings openly. I can’t say I agree with her approach towards her husband, but I can see why she doesn’t want her world to crash and shatter.
In comparison, Eve’s sister, Willa, has a much more likeable personality in my opinion. She is funny and creative. Even when things are getting ugly for her, I like that she doesn’t yield to lies and deception. Her love for her sister is strong and I’m just glad that they aren’t being driven apart because of their life circumstances.
I like the people working at the letterpress studio that Eve owns. They are talented, hardworking and attentive, and I enjoy the ways they help one another out though difficult times.
What I’ve never expected is the truth that surfaces when Eve finally cares to take a stand for her life. Things aren’t black and white, and while choices have consequences, I don’t know if it’s fair to label one particular person as bad in the story.
And that’s what I love about Henry’s books. Relationships are authentically portrayed. You can have your own private debates and come up with your version of what’s morally right. The stories may offer their glimpses of reality but you don’t feel boxed in just because the books end in a certain way.
About the Author
Patti Callahan Henry is the National Bestselling author of six novels with Penguin/NAL (Losing the Moon, Where the River Runs, When Light Breaks, Betweeen the Tides, The Art of Keeping Secrets, and Driftwood Summer).
Patti is hailed as a fresh new voice in southern fiction. She has been short-listed for the Townsend Prize for Fiction and has been nominated for the Southeastern Independent Booksellers Fiction Novel of the Year. She is a frequent speaker at luncheons, book clubs and women’s groups where she discusses the importance of storytelling and anything else they want to talk about.
Patti grew up as a Minister’s daughter, learning early how storytelling effects our lives. She grew up spending her summers on Cape Cod where she began her love affair with the beach, ocean, tides and nature of the coast. Moving south at the tender age of twelve, she found solace in books and stories. While attending Auburn University, she met a southern boy who later proposed on Daufuskie Island, South Carolina, next to a historic lighthouse overlooking the Sound. After earning her Master’s degree in Child Health, Patti worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist until her first child was born.
Patti is a full time writer, wife and mother living with her husband and three children outside Atlanta on the Chattahoochee River where she is working on her next novel.