9 x 6 | Softcover | 196 pages
Published February 9, 2015
Liar from Vermont
Laura C. Stevenson
Peggy is the third daughter in a Midwestern academic family that summers in Vermont. But in Peggy’s imagination, she lives on the hill farm across the way, with its rhythms of milking, haying, and working horses.
Ten interlocking stories follow Peggy’s quest for belonging—to a family, to a time, to a place—as she witnesses the irrevocable change in a Vermont whose mountains are becoming ski areas and whose farms are giving way to villages of second homes. The stories create a poignant portrait of a girl who sees the truth she embellishes all too clearly, and who learns that no amount of skill can make her stories of the people she loves turn out the way she wants.
"Liar from Vermont is a coming-of-age story, but it is so much more than that. It is a wonderful read—witty, insightful, beautifully written, and important."
American Book Review
"I found this book to be a kind of Jane Austen meets Lucy Maude Montgomery meets Harper Lee, yet unique in its own right and I absolutely adored it. There is definitely a charming, endearing and old-fashioned feel to Ms. Stevenson's writing – something sorely lacking in most modern-day YA novels. I would recommend Liar from Vermont to anyone searching for a lovely coming-of-age novel that will stay with you long after the last page."
Susan Barton, Amazon reviewer
"Laura C. Stevenson’s book Liar from Vermont is delicious—I found myself slowing down, trying to make it last. The collection of stories is beautiful, both in its descriptions of Vermont in the '50s and '60s and in its evocation of youth, but its pages never sink into nostalgia."
The Caledonian-Record (Vt.)