The Truth of the Matter Agnes Scofield, the heroine of Robb Forman Dew's lovely, low-key period piece, The Truth of the Matter , can join Mrs. Ramsay and Mrs. Bridge… The Truth of the Matter Agnes Scofield, the heroine of Robb Forman Dew's lovely, low-key period piece, The Truth of the Matter , can join Mrs. Ramsay and Mrs. Bridge… 2005-11-14 Fiction Little Brown & Company
Book Review

The Truth of the Matter (2005)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Nov 14, 2005; Writer: Robb Forman Dew; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Little Brown & Company

Agnes Scofield, the heroine of Robb Forman Dew's lovely, low-key period piece, The Truth of the Matter, can join Mrs. Ramsay and Mrs. Bridge at the tea table of exquisitely etched literary matrons. A respectable Ohio widow with three grown children, Agnes is beginning to carve out an independent middle-aged life for herself (which includes a secret lover) when, in 1947, her children all suddenly return to town. They have full lives of their own, but take for granted that Mother will always put supper on the table and never step outside her role as self-sacrificing, sexless matriarch. Dew's achievement is to capture both Agnes' ambivalence about these demands and the dignity in her struggle to meet them.

Originally posted Nov 11, 2005 Published in issue #850 Nov 18, 2005 Order article reprints
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