A touching exploration of a damaged family working to repair itself, with universal appeal.— Publisher’s Weekly
“Tackles a host of serious issues in a remarkably thoughtful fashion … What’s more, it’s just a genuinely good story.”
“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 Thin Rich Pretty
“Enormously readable and hugely relatable!”
–Kelly Corrigan, New York Times bestselling author of The Middle Place and Lift
“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 Love Walked In and Belong to Me
“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 Giffen, New York Times bestselling author of Something Borrowed, Something Blue, Baby Proof and Heart of the Matter
“Familiar material–a newly divorced woman navigating the choppy waters of single parenthood–gets sensitive treatment in this subtle novel by the author of Shelter Me. Connecticut homemaker Dana Stellgarten tends to give everyone the benefit of the doubt, even her philandering ex-husband, but she’s having a tough time staying nice as she deals with the discovery of her preteen daughter’s bulimia, her seven-year-old son’s acting out, a friend’s betrayal, and her teenage niece’s emotional crash landing at her house. Nevertheless, Dana reaches out to the family of a terminally ill doctor, deals with a bull-in-a-china-shop suitor, and even finds love in an unexpected place. 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. (Feb.)”
“Dana Stellgarten was on top of her suburban game when her husband pulled the rug out from under her, and now the 45-year-old Connecticut mom can’t handle one more thing. Then, her seven-year-old son, Grady, is suddenly moody and belligerent with his friends; the dentist tells Dana that her 12-year-old daughter, Morgan, shows signs of purging; and ex-husband Kenneth backs off on his financial contributions, forcing Dana to accept a temporary part-time job at the dentist’s office. When Dana’s teenage niece arrives on her doorstep, needing a break from Dana’s sister and a change of scene, even romantic overtures from Grady’s football coach and an invitation of friendship from a stylish neighbor may not be enough to get Dana back on solid ground.
VERDICT Fay (Shelter Me) 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.”
“Ask anyone in Dana Stellgarten’s small Connecticut town about her and they’ll all agree: she’s nice. Even her cheating ex can’t find a bad word to say. But Dana is nearing the end of her rope. Her pre-teen daughter is acting out, her 7-year-old son is acting up, and as if that weren’t enough, her niece, a teenaged Goth, has moved in. How is Dana supposed to make time to move on? Have a date? Find happiness?
Juliette Fay’s wonderfully engaging Deep Down True follows her breakout hit, Shelter Me, and it’s impossible to resist as Dana somehow wades into the dating pool—then nearly drowns! But much to her surprise, Dana discovers she’s a survivor, and in the end learns that good things do happen…as long as you stay true to yourself.”
–The Literary Guild
“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 6-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 exhusband 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.”