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What We Take for Truth is the story of a young woman who finds her strength when the world around her crumbles. It is a timely tale about shifting loyalties and the painful choices we are forced to make in order to preserve what we value most.

As this novel opens, it is 1990 and Grace Tillman, who has lived all her life in the tiny logging town of Prosperity, Washington,
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Paperback, 314 pages
Published June 1st 2019 by Adelaide Books
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Claire
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love early on with the characters in "What We Take For Truth," and by the end of this page-turning novel, I felt sad to part with them. Deborah Nedelman has woven a poignant tale of hidden secrets and diverse lives as deep as the mineral-rich duff of an old-growth forest. The book is timely, and complements well "The Overstory" by Richard Powers. Nedelman's book is born of the understory, the hard-scrabble lives of loggers and the communities where they live and work. The book brims ...more
Vicki
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading this book and am still crying. I read it is two days because I could not put it down and I loved loved loved it. I live in the Pacific NW, and found the book captured the complexities involved in protecting the forests while also acknowledging the impact that has on logging communities. It spoke to me about the deep love for a physical place.
It is so timely, so sad, and yet so hopeful. It explores the ups and downs in all deep relationships and takes you with the
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Jackie Haskins
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What does it mean to belong to a place? How is it that we sometimes yearn for adventure and travel even as we are yearning for home? I hadn’t realized how these questions tugged at my heart until I entered the world of What We Take For Truth. Full of rich and surprising characters, and the earthy beauty of the rugged Olympic rain forests, Deborah Nedelman invites us on a journey through dark words, great risks, loss and healing. She reminds us we can move through grief, emerging into a richer, ...more
Katherine K
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful page turner story of a young woman in rural logging country and her struggles to find herself and the truth about her mother and resolve issues with her boyfriend. So it mingles self discovery, family issues and the larger background of the conflict between economics of logging and conservation of our forests. But it is totally engrossing and good read, finished in only a few days! Enjoy in the remaining summer!
Melanie Berman
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful read that takes you to a place you may never have been, and introduces you to people you might never have encountered, and makes you care deeply about all of them. The book expands your horizons and deepens your heart.
Pam Jones
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I laughed and cried. I simply couldn’t put this book down. In the end it was all about love and forgiveness for me.
Heather Durham
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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As a deeply rooted Pacific Northwesterner and ecologist well-versed in much of the natural and cultural histories of this region, I had high expectations for the truths in this book, despite it being a novel. In order for me to connect with a work of fiction I need to fully believe not only the characters, but the ways their stories are interwoven with the living landscape. To my relief and deep satisfaction, Nedelman’s beautiful story exceeded my expectations. This is an author who both knows ...more
Marilyn Kann
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is well researched and shows a compassionate understanding of the loggers' situation in the Northwest when environmentalism up-ended their lives. The personal story is gripping, and the author writes powerfully of the emotional roller coaster the protagonist rides. She weaves together the various stories within the narrative with great skill. The book is both educational and a joy to read. What We Take for Truth by Deborah Nedelman
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