Truth is not a destination – it's a magical ride.
Addy Loest is harbouring a secret – several, in fact. Dedicated overthinker, frockaholic and hard-partyer, she's been doing all she can to avoid the truth for quite some time.
A working-class girl raised between the Port Kembla Steelworks and the surf of the Illawarra coast, Addy is a fish out of water at the prestigious University of Sydney. She's also the child of German immigrants, and her broken-hearted widower dad won't tell her anything about her family's tragic past.
But it's 1985, a time of all kinds of excess, from big hair to big misogyny, and distractions are easy. Distractions, indeed, are Addy's best skill – until one hangover too many leads her to meet a particular frock and a particular man, each of whom will bring all her truths hurtling home.
Told with Kim Kelly's incomparable warmth and wit, The Truth & Addy Loest is a magical trip through shabby-chic inner-city Sydney, a tale of music and moonlight, literature and love – and of discovering the only story that really matters is the one you write for yourself.
Praise for Kim Kelly
'Consummate storytelling.' – Tracy Sorensen, The Lucky Galah
'alive, full-hearted and shimmering with hope' – Belinda Castles, Bluebottle
'an author who writes with such a striking sense of atmosphere and sublime instinct' – Theresa Smith Writes
'It is uplifting to know that there are people who can write like this, with clarity, a bit of devilment and a hint of a smile.' – Canberra Times
'marvellous depth and authenticity based on some impressive research, and her characters, plot and fluid prose draw the reader into this world' – Daily Telegraph
'colourful, evocative and energetic' – Sydney Morning Herald
'told with wit, warmth and courage' – Kylie Mason, The Newtown Review of Books
'Kim writes like no one else, with a depth of skill few authors achieve.' – Kelly Rimmer, The Things We Cannot Say
'a literary page-turner … Kim Kelly is a talented and courageous story-teller' – Cassie Hamer, The End of Cuthbert Close