Review: The Stories We Tell, by Patti Callahan Henry

They are Savannah’s power couple. Cooper and Eve Morrison have a beautiful home on property handed down through the Morrison family for years: his e-publishing business is successful, just as her letterpress studio is, where she produces Fine Line, Ink…cards and logos, and other creations.Cooper travels constantly to find customers and investors, and Eve’s studio occupies the old barn on the property.Living in the guest cottage is Eve’s sister Willa; the two are best friends who have survived harsh childhoods filled with disapproval. One of the company’s most successful card lines is based on their Ten Good Ideas from childhood: their answer to the Ten Commandments.But one night a terrible accident happens. Cooper and Willa are both injured, and Willa has suffered a traumatic brain injury. Her memory is affected, and what she does put together about that night is in direct opposition to Cooper’s story. And it isn’t a story that makes sense to Eve, either.

But will they ever learn the truth? And if they do, what will happen to their carefully constructed world?

The Stories We Tell: A Novel is a wonderful tale of family, secrets, and how the truth can ultimately set you free, even if it seems as though your world is crashing down around you.

It was impossible not to engage with the characters and want to discover everything that has happened. I was rooting for Eve…and even Gwen, whose behavior was horrible at times. But she could only handle her pain by acting out.

In the end, I felt a great satisfaction with how the truth unfolded…and even if things played out in a slightly predictable fashion, I didn’t see how the details would fit together until nearly the end. I liked the idea of how we each have our own stories, and how new beginnings come out of endings. 4.5 stars.

8 thoughts on “Review: The Stories We Tell, by Patti Callahan Henry

  1. I’ve only read one of her books – the one based on her niece – and didn’t love it so I’ve hesitated to pick up her others. This sounds great, so I’ll have to reconsider that!


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