Almost True is the story of an extraordinary friendship among four women living in a small village in Burgundy during World War II. Madeleine, the eccentric village beauty, is a spinner of stories and dreams. Léa, the doctor's daughter, is brave and resourceful. Simone, the outsider from Paris, has a secret of her own to hide, and the hardworking and practical Eugénie struggles to keep her vineyard alive. When Eugénie's younger brother, the reckless and handsome Gaston, is suddenly missing, the village buzzes with rumour. All four women think they know the true story of Gaston's fate, and each of them is wrong. But the truth will bind them together forever.
Jan Rehner lives in Toronto and recently retired as University Professor from the Writing Department at York University. Her novel, Just Murder, won the 2004 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Crime Novel in Canada. Her second novel, On Pain of Death, a historical narrative set in World War II France, won a bronze medallion from the IPPY group of independent publishers (2008). Her third novel, Missing Matisse (2011), combines murder and a search for a lost Matisse painting with a fictionalized account of Matisse's famed model, Lydia Delectorskaya. When she is not writing, Jan enjoys travelling and photography.
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