“A beautifully written, finely wrought, race-to-the-end novel about finding your family, finding a life and finding yourself. Tish Cohen is the next great thing in women’s fiction.” — Allison Winn Scotch, New York Times bestselling author of The One That I Want and Time of My Life Just as Delilah’s father falls further and further into Alzeimer’s, she discovers that he’s been harboring a horrible secret for over 15 years, but he no longer remembers the motivations behind his deception… or the consequences. Reminiscent of the books of Jodi Picoult (House Rules, Keeping the Faith) and Jennifer Weiner (In Her Shoes, Best Friends Forever)—as well as Lisa Genova’s breakout novel about Alzheimer’s, Still Alice—The Truth About Delilah Blue by acclaimed author Tish Cohen (Town House, Inside Out Girl) delivers a touching, poignant novel about one young woman’s attempt to come to terms with loss, betrayal, and forgiveness.
Motherless would-be art student Lila Mack is the mixed-up heroine of the sluggish and predictable latest from Cohen (Town House). Lila lives with her father in Los Angeles, secretly working as a nude model at the local art school and deeply insecure about the fact that her artist mother abandoned her when she was eight. It's quite clear there's more to her mother's story than what Lila's dad has told her, so it's not surprising when Lila's mother shows up and reveals that Lila once Delilah Blue Lovett was actually kidnapped by her father. As it happens, there's a Web site devoted to her kidnapping that she somehow never stumbled across when Googling her mom's name. Cohen drops readers into a sticky familial morass Lila's father has early onset Alzheimer's, her mother turns out to be quite flighty, the half-sister she never knew she had is more than a little neurotic that's tidily complicated by a burgeoning romance with an art student. Unfortunately, the characters are hollow, the plot has too many unlikely developments, and the happy ending is as forced as it is far-fetched.