About the bOOK
In the grinding poverty of the post-war prairies, little Amélie Marchand always seems to be in the way. The youngest daughter of dirt-poor French-Canadian farmers, she must negotiate linguistic tensions, familial secrets, and the coldness of her unstable mother. In this fraught context, her adolescence is punctuated by personal tragedy, social clashes, and trauma at the hands of an abusive uncle.
Fleeing to the city, Amélie attains higher education and becomes a journalist, forming a thick carapace. She redefines herself as Am, a confident reporter who thrives on independence and adventure. But will that be enough to silence the voices of her past?
Am travels the world in her new life as a foreign correspondent. In an evolving political and social backdrop, her fractured identity often mirrors the communities on which she reports. She recognizes that suffering is ubiquitous; everyone is trying to find meaning, grow, and heal. In her tireless search for personal truth, Am learns that her voice can make a difference.
As a daughter, sister, wife, and mother, Arti Auburne depicts women’s lives with an authentic and evocative voice. Fuelled by a new urgency when her own child posted #MeToo, Arti's reflections produced in In Truth, a clarion call for the validation of women’s realities and subjectivities.
Like her protagonist, Arti hails from Canada and spent much of her adulthood in foreign parts. Many of the details in her fiction are inspired by her journal entries, which document people, places, and events encountered across decades and continents. She now lives in a prairie city with her spouse and rescue dog, while her grown family reside overseas. Between visits, Arti stretches her heartstrings virtually and is in search of the best hiking trails.
COMMENTS & REVIEWS
- "Brimming with intense character insight and development - will reward the interest of readers of fiction centered on vividly rendered women."
- "Really enjoyed this book. Powerful themes, skillfully portrayed. The depiction of the main character's prairie upbringing was especially vivid and moving. Would recommend."
- "A well-crafted and thought-provoking novel, taking the reader on Amélie's journey of soul searching from her humble beginnings on the Canadian prairie to her travels overseas, culminating in the acceptance of who she is."
- "An outstanding and original story to ponder for a long time. Takes you all over the world finding your way through a life. An ending that came too soon."
- "Infused with historical and cultural markers... deft integration of French, both in content and in form, In Truth is a moving, nuanced story about family, loss, strength, and healing. "
- "Captivating tale of a prairie girl’s resilience and determination to forge her own path and rise above."