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486 pages, Hardcover
First published June 9, 2015
"My advice is this: Don’t ask questions if you’re not going to like the answers."Jottie takes care of Willa and her little sister Bird because the girls' father, Felix, flits in and out of their lives so much. She carries a world of pain from the past and has shut herself off from the social life of the town, but is slowly making tentative steps to reintegrate herself, even though she's torn about it.
I folded my arms. "Well, honestly! How can I know I'm not going to like the answers until I ask the questions?"
His smile flashed bright. "Easy. You ask yourself if there's any answer that would endanger something that’s precious to you, and if there is, don’t ask the question."
Endanger? Nothing was endangered. "That’s silly. No one would ever find out anything that way!"
"Finding out isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, Sherlock," he said.
"All of us see a story according to our own lights. None of us is capable of objectivity. You must beware your sources. . . The question becomes what do you want The History of Macedonia to be?"Historical fiction set in small towns isn't in my normal wheelhouse, but this book made me smile and made my heart ache, sometimes at the same time. It's interesting and insightful, and even when on the surface nothing particularly dramatic seemed to be happening with the plot for the first half of the book, I was still fascinated with the different personalities and the sense that peoples' secrets and perceptions were inexorably approaching a tipping point.
"Me?" said Layla. "Why, I have no stake in the matter. There's nothing particular I want it to be." The moment the words left her mouth, she realized they were false. She wanted The History of Macedonia to spurn the dull and to amuse the witty, to advance the Romeyns and to trounce the Parker Davieses, and to announce that she, Layla Beck, had perceived that all that they had been blind to.
The truth of other people is a ceaseless business. You try to fix your ideas about them, and you choke on the clot you’ve made.I received a free copy of this ebook from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a review. Thank you!