5 Quick Questions with The Truth About Her Author Jacqueline Maley

5 Quick Questions with The Truth About Her Author Jacqueline Maley

Briefly tell us about your book.

The Truth About Her tells the story of Suzy Hamilton, a journalist who writes an expose with unforeseen and devastating consequences. It is an exploration of stories, guilt, atonement and motherhood, and a love letter to mothering. And hopefully a bit funny too!

If I looked at your internet history, what would it reveal about you?

That I am a weather-obsessed dork who is trying to work out how to garden and looking to buy a new door knob. Also that I really like reading book reviews.

Tell us about your background and what led you to writing this book.

I am a newspaper journalist who has always written fiction on the sly. Strangely enough I think having a baby led me to writing this book – it inspired me and also reminded me of my mortality. But having a small child was otherwise extremely unhelpful to the writing process!!

What’s some great advice you’ve received that has helped you as a writer?

Don’t romanticise the writing process, and remember editing is easier than writing – so just get something down. Guard your time selfishly and turn off the internet.

Who are some of your favourite authors? Or favourite books?

In contemporary fiction, I will read anything by Anne Enright, Elizabeth Strout, Helen Garner, Otessa Moshfegh, Jennifer Offill and Ann Patchett. Also Ismail Kadare and Michael Ondaatje. In terms of classics, I believe Jane Eyre to be the best novel of all time, with the best heroine. I also love Eliot, Tolstoy, Nabokov and Turgenev.

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        Publisher details

        The Truth About Her
        Author
        Jacqueline Maley
        Publisher
        HarperCollins
        Genre
        Fiction
        Released
        07 April, 2021

        Synopsis

        Journalist and single mother Suzy Hamilton gets a phone call one summer morning and finds out that the subject of one of her investigative exposes, 25-year-old wellness blogger Tracey Doran, has killed herself overnight. Suzy is horrified by this news but copes in the only way she knows how - through work, mothering, and carrying on with her ill-advised, tandem affairs. The consequences of her actions catch up with Suzy over the course of a sticky Sydney summer. She starts receiving anonymous vindictive letters and is pursued by Tracey's mother wanting her, as a kind of rough justice, to tell Tracey's story, but this time, the right way. A tender, absorbing, intelligent and moving exploration of guilt, shame, female anger, and, in particular, mothering, with all its trouble and treasure, The Truth About Her is mostly though a story about the nature of stories - who owns them, who gets to tell them, and why we need them. An entirely striking, stylish and contemporary novel, from a talented new writer.
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