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The Stories We Tell

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  1,725 Ratings  ·  240 Reviews
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 gen
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published June 24th 2014 by St. Martin's Press (first published June 15th 2014)
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Sep 01, 2014 Margaret rated it did not like it
Eve and Cooper Morrison both own their own businesses. She, a letterpress studio; he, a digital magazine. While they are not necessarily unhappily married, the toll of running two businesses has dimmed the once happier years. Not to mention the fact that the couple's teen daughter Gwen is in a state of rebellion and Eve's sister, Willa is staying with them after finally giving up the alcohol and random wandering lifestyle. Still, the marriage is solid.

Things begin to get a little shaky, though,
Sep 09, 2014 Flannery rated it it was ok
Another reviewer pointed out that this book contained "too much telling, not enough showing." I agree, from the larger plot developments right down to the syntax, Henry was spoon-feeding us. She used lots of adverbs and contrived figurative language throughout, but less meaningful dialogue than I would have liked.

Similarly, she had all the makings of an interesting plot but didn't push them far enough for it to be truly successful, instead settling for doling out predictable developments at eve
Aug 22, 2014 Fancynancyuga rated it did not like it
I don't know who is dumber. Me, for finishing this book or the characters in this book! This was the most anti-climatic book I've ever read. It kept building and building and building and THEN NOTHING. Big whoop he didn't want to fail as a son so he took money from the wife's account. I felt nothing for any of the characters. Very disappointed in this book.
Chris Swann
Sep 03, 2014 Chris Swann rated it really liked it
How to write a review of a friend's novel? I want to meet Gwen and see her fall in love and watch the face of the lucky guy who realizes he's won her heart. I want to hear Francie sing. I want to have a long conversation with Willa because we'd probably laugh all the way through it. I have a few things I'd like to say to Cooper. I want to hear Max tell one of his stories. I want to see Eve's studio and watch her create something beautiful out of paper and ink and metal. I want to have a glass of ...more
Barbara White
Jul 30, 2014 Barbara White rated it it was amazing
In THE STORIES WE TELL, Patti Callahan Henry peels back the layers of family life to show us a perfect Savannah family that is anything but perfect. I wanted to read slowly to enjoy the writing, the settings, the world of letterpress, the intricacies of the female relationships, but I had to keep turning pages to unravel the plot twists. Ultimately, this is a story about the desire to protect those you love--even if your motivation becomes distorted into a web of lies. I loved every page!
Aug 04, 2015 Jencey/ rated it really liked it
The Stories We Tell is a recent release by the great author Patti Callahan Henry. It has been released in paperback from St. Martin’s Press this summer. Definitely a must have for 2015 Beach Read. This story has a little bit of everything!
Eve Morrison runs a letter press company the Fine Line Ink. It is her pet project that has become a successful company. This company makes letter press cards. There is one problem it takes away from her family. She is married to Cooper Morrison and th
Sep 10, 2016 Lisa rated it really liked it
Thought provoking and a good read. A quote I liked: "Tears sting the back of my throat like bees released from a hive under my ribs."
Mary Flynn davis
Jun 27, 2014 Mary Flynn davis rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I really connected with the characters, especially with Eve trying to connect with her teenage daughter. Very real, very true. I highly recommend this book. I don't give reviews that give away the storyline -- but I loved it and will certainly read it again! I am now interested in learning about printing and the letter press industry. I like reading a book that introduces me to something new! Good work Patti Callahan Henry.
Dec 23, 2014 Susan rated it liked it
Shelves: women-s-fiction
Extremely average, predictable women's fiction. I would have rather read a novel told from the POV of Eve's sister, Willa, and her struggle to regain her memory and self-respect after Eve's husband blames her for a horrific car accident. Instead we get a clueless, rich Eve who is oblivious to the fact that her husband is an a**hole and that her teenage daughter is crying out for help. A quick read that will just as quickly fade from my memory.
Sep 25, 2014 Jessica rated it it was ok
The plot to the story intrigued me and kept me turning from page to page. The author shows what is happening well. But the writing was choppy and the characters were flat. None of their actions made sense and after a while it just felt like I was reading a compilation of scenes instead of a novel. I kept reading the book because the tension was well managed throughout the book, but for some reason the story abruptly ends and I was left feeling dissatisfied.
Jan 10, 2015 Gloria rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this novel and read it in one sitting. Pet peeve: there were a couple of textual mistakes (a dialogue misattribution and an extra pronoun), which I did not expect in a St. Martin's hardcover...
Katherine Jones
Jul 24, 2014 Katherine Jones rated it really liked it
From its first pages, I was drawn into this story. Right off the top, I liked its title, premise, cover art, and the prologue, which was a terrific set-up for the story, hinting at oncoming conflict while introducing the main character. Nicely done.

It never fails to intrigue me how subjective the enjoyment of a book is. What works for me doesn’t for you, and vice versa. Similarly, the same writer can hit my mark once but the miss it the next time. Or the other way around, which is what happened
Jun 12, 2014 Laurel-Rain rated it really liked it
They are Savannah's power couple. Cooper and Eve Morrison have a beautiful home on property handed down through the Morrison family for years: his e-publishing business is successful, just as her letterpress studio is, where she produces Fine Line, and logos, and other creations.

Cooper travels constantly to find customers and investors, and Eve's studio occupies the old barn on the property.

Living in the guest cottage is Eve's sister Willa; the two are best friends who have survived
Nov 06, 2015 Sarah rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
**I received this book as part of a goodreads giveaway**

This book had a lot of potential but fell very short. The plot had the makings of a good story but was very under-developed. In a nut shell Eve Morrison must find out what really happened the night her husband and sister were in a car accident together and the truth will alter her family forever. From the outset, the 'truth' that Eve must discover about her husband is pretty transparent from the beginning, however it takes at least 200 page
Aug 01, 2014 Christine rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I was lucky enough to win this ARC book. I love being able to read an Advanced Reading Copy because I feel like I'm let in on the process, or the secret, of the writing of a particular novel.

If I could, I'd give The Stories We Tell a 3.5, and I'd also like to read the finished copy. I wonder how much changes between the ARC and the book that's sent to print. This one had many more grammatical errors and misused words and names than other ARCs I've read, and once in awhile the reader had to assum
Jul 18, 2014 Maggie61 rated it really liked it
I anxiously awaited the day when the book was released. Patti callahan Henry has become one of my favourite authors and I was excited to read her new one. Well June 24th came and went and none of the bookstores in town had a copy. After weeks, I finally managed to get a copy from the library and read it mostly on a little over a day.
This book did not disappoint. While I found the style not to be what I expect from this author, it was enjoyable just the same. It's about family struggles and disc
Sep 04, 2014 Charlene rated it it was ok
I liked the premise of this book, and I liked learning a lot about the letterpress printing business, but the storytelling was its main downfall. Too much telling, not enough showing. Eve and Cooper are supposedly Savannah's power couple, except that we don't see or hear anything that backs that up, except for Cooper's ridiculously snobby parents. There is a car accident involving Cooper and Eve's sister, Willa, who ends up with a brain injury which affects her memory of that night. There is als ...more
Jul 01, 2014 Kaye rated it it was amazing
Patti Callahan Henry brings her incredible insight to us through her storytelling once again.

We sit outside what many see as the perfect marriage and watch as the characters slowly reveal their secrets. By the end of a perfectly told, seamlessly written novel, we've cheered on a character we so want to come into her own. To discover her strength and make the moves to live the life that will bring her the happiness we think she deserves. Happiness she's given up for reasons that seemed like the r
Dana Theriot
Jan 26, 2015 Dana Theriot rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book - it's the story of a woman whose husband and sister are involved in a car accident and the aftermath leads to some questions and soul-searching. It was a quick read with a bit of intrigue. I was curious enough to keep going - which hasn't been the case lately!
Starr Cliff
Jul 13, 2014 Starr Cliff rated it liked it
Another one I read because it was set in Savannah. Enjoyed the mother/daughter subplot of a mom trying to connect with her distraught teen.
Feb 24, 2015 Kerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great story about love - lost love, changed love, enduring love, really all kinds. Great relatable characters. A fast but worthwhile read.
Heather L
Jun 02, 2015 Heather L rated it liked it
More of like a 2.5 rating for me. It was short and sweet. Not a whole lot of story, but I enjoyed the description and world of Savannah. I can't wait to take a trip to that beautiful town.
Jul 03, 2015 Nikki rated it it was ok
This story started out as somewhat of intriguing, but in the end all the innuendo was unfounded and turned out to be very anticlimactic.
Feb 07, 2016 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this one too....the twists and turns keep you engaged and entertained.
Kathie Legendre
Oct 27, 2014 Kathie Legendre rated it really liked it
This was really good, the kind you have to read fast to see what happens. A nice story.
Rosalie DeFilippo
Jun 20, 2016 Rosalie DeFilippo rated it liked it
I have good and bad things to say about this book. Overall, it was just okay. I can’t rave about it, but it was not all bad.

Without giving away spoilers, here are some things I liked and disliked.

What I Liked

• I liked how the author went into detail about letterpress. It was interesting to learn about the process.
• I liked the mother/daughter subplot and how Eve and Gwen went from somewhat estranged at the start to best friends at the end.
• I liked the backstory of Eve and Willa’s upbringing an
Judy Collins
Patti Callahan Henry, one of my favorite southern authors—having read ALL her books, she once again produces a winner with THE STORIES WE TELL! 4.5 Stars

Henry creates an intriguing story of Eve Morrison, a preacher's kid who grew up to marry the handsome, smart, wealthy and charming Cooper Morrison. What more could a southern belle want, right?

Southern couples love to put on pretenses and sometimes lead double lives. It is what they do, they hide behind secrets in order to keep up appearances. W
Jun 26, 2014 Tamara rated it really liked it
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The Stories We Tell

Eve Morrison- from the outside, she has it all. Married into a old-money Georgia family, has a successful letterpress business- a business that fills her with creativity and purpose, a daughter and husband that she loves. Eve, if anyone asked, has THE life- the picture perfect life that people dream for. But….

Beyond, the picture perfect appearance- Eve’s life is not p
This book took me almost a month to read, but not because it was dull or badly written. Instead, it was so lyrically, beautifully written that I savored it, reading much slower than my usual rate. It's the story of a woman desperately trying to hold on to something long gone; of a family trying to find balance when they're worlds are shifting; of love that disappears and love that remains. I highly recommend this novel, and will definitely be checking out other titles by the author.
Jul 03, 2014 Jessica rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Since I can't get enough romance when it comes to reading, I very rarely read pure fiction books that aren't solely focused around two people falling in love. That being said, The Stories We Tell was a breath of fresh air that revolves around a woman trying to understand a tragedy that falls upon her family while trying to figure out her place in her own family.

Eve has been living the perfect life with the perfect husband, Cooper Morrison. While Eve owns her own printing company, Cooper runs hi
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Patti Callahan Henry is the New York Times Bestelling novelist of eleven novels. Her latest is THE IDEA OF LOVE with St. Martins Press.

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,
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