the truth is hard to tell

“Virtuoso writing and apocalyptic vision characterize Ashley Atkins’s utterly original and fascinating novel.”
Lee Smith, The New York Times bestselling author, on THE TRUTH IS HARD TO TELL

Smile. Nod. Bake a perfect cake.
Dress your children well and turn your head against anything you find disagreeable. Even if it’s your neighbor… or your own family.
There are skeletons hidden all over the South.
It’s OK. Look how perfect your cake is!
This is your story.
You own the truth.
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tough mauve

NC Writers’ Network called TOUGH MAUVE
“a mystery wrapped in enigma of a father/daughter relationship.”
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If there was one thing she’d learned, it was to act like she knew exactly what she was doing.
Lulu never expected to lose her mom and Joe, but at least she still has a father. Except… he doesn’t want anything to do with her.
When she finds an unlikely home with her stepfather’s sister, Lulu creates a simple, if transitory, existence for herself. Soon she is falling for Shane Devine, who may or may not have a thing for Madison Everly.
But then local reporter Miranda Brooks goes missing, setting off a sequence of events that brings Lulu’s father to town—whether she likes it or not.
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