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It�s been more than a year since Dana Stellgarten�s divorce, and things are getting tough. Her 7-year-old, Grady, is struggling with the absence of his father and becoming moody and morose. She discovers that her 12-year-old, Morgan, is bulimic and succumbing to pressure from her popular friends. Her 16-year-old niece, Alder, literally crashes into their lives and begs Dana to take her in for several months. Alder no longer seems to be the happy, well-rounded girl she used to be. To top it all off, Dana�s well-to-do ex-husband is suddenly struggling with his child-care payments. This is a wonderful tale of family and growing up, whether as a child, a teenager, or a middle-aged mother. Dana gains unlikely friends at her dentist�s office, loses longtime allies, and even begins to date again. Dana, who is at times nice to a fault, learns that single motherhood requires both love and a sharp edge of responsibility. Heartwarming, funny, well-penned, unexpectedly suspenseful, this is a solid page-turner, right through to the touching end. --Julie Hunt
"Sincere, powerful and heartfelt, Deep Down True will resonate with women everywhere . . . I loved Fay's true-to-life characters and her ability to portray the intricate dynamics of friendship and family in such an immediately recognizable way. There is a 'me too' moment on every page, right down to the satisfying finish."
—Emily Giffin, New York Times bestselling author of Where We Belong
"When I wasn't inside the world of this book-because this is a book that you enter instead of merely read-I longed to be. I love it for its intensely human characters and for the way the author grants them their flaws as generously as she celebrates their daily decencies, their persistent hopefulness, their moments of personal grace."
—Marisa de los Santos, New York Times bestselling author of Falling Together and Love Walked In
"Enormously readable and hugely relatable!"
—Kelly Corrigan, New York Times bestselling author of The Middle Place
"Engrossing, touching, and immensely satisfying. The truth shines on every page. I'd almost be willing to go back to junior high if I could sit at Juliette Fay's lunch table!"
—Beth Harbison, New York Times bestselling author of When in Doubt, Add Butter and Thin, Rich, Pretty
"Fay deals honestly with Dana's emotional journey as she strives 'to understand how what had been true before had changed into what was true now' and gives readers a believable cast, from the daughter struggling with the wolf-pack mentality of middle school to Dana's sometimes obnoxious yet fiercely loving sister. It expertly walks a heavily trodden path."
"Fay imbues Dana with the smarts and insecurities that war within most of us. With her comfort zone obliterated, Dana draws on her inner strengths to reconstruct a new foundation for her children in a world where she gets to be the alpha wolf. Highly recommended for fans of women's fiction featuring resilient heroines."
"Heartwarming, funny, well-penned . . . a solid page-turner, right through to the touching end."
—Booklist --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Really enjoyed this book, especially the extremely relatable and very sympathetic heroine. She has a positive spirit.Published 3 months ago by bookwormbug
This was a great book - didn't want it to end - fully involved with all the characters - a great summer read!!Published 10 months ago by Red Jim's Girl
I really enjoyed the book, although it was sad. It gave me a more realistic look at how people with terminal illnesses live and the difficulties they face daily. Read morePublished 15 months ago by sharon nelson
This was a boring book, including characters, plot, etc. I also found it very depressing, as nearly all situations depicted were very sad. Read morePublished 19 months ago by SAB
Hard to choose a favorite, because they are all so well-written and have such endearing characters in them. Read them all.Published 23 months ago by Pamela Grandstaff
Juliette Fay is quite a talented writer. I first came upon Shelter Me several weeks ago, then immediately purchased Deep Down True because I fell in love with the way she writes... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Rachel Quatkemeyer, author of This Extraordinary Life