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Truth Like the Sun by Jim Lynch
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Dec 04, 2013

really liked it
Read from May 16 to 23, 2012

Lynch's book, like Beautiful Ruins, moves back and forth between the early sixties, the summer of the Seattle World's Fair and the Cuban Missle Crisis, and a more present-day setting, in this case 2001, the summer before the Twin Towers were attacked. Lynch's two protagonists, Roger and Helen, are both ambitious prodigies trying to find their places in flawed systems. Roger is the driving force behind the Worlds' Fair in 1962, and an aging mayoral candidate in 2001. Helen is a young investigative reporter and single mom who has made her name unmasking corrupt candidates and who has her sights on Roger's campaign. Both Helen and Roger try to tell a version of Roger's story that feels like the truth, but discovering what that is is more complex and more elusive than either of them imagined. I loved the ambiguity of both Lynch's characters and the conclusions they come to. Lynch beautifully depicts characters and a city coming into its own while the rest of the world comes apart at the seams. Well worth the read!

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