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From the killing fields of Europe, to the merciless beauty of the Canadian prairies, Let Us Be True tells the story of three women, whose lives have been shaped and damaged by secrets – their own and those that stretch back through time, casting their shadow from one generation to the next.At the heart of the novel is 74-year-old Pearl Calder, a woman who has thrown away hFrom the killing fields of Europe, to the merciless beauty of the Canadian prairies, Let Us Be True tells the story of three women, whose lives have been shaped and damaged by secrets – their own and those that stretch back through time, casting their shadow from one generation to the next.At the heart of the novel is 74-year-old Pearl Calder, a woman who has thrown away her past and kept it a secret from her daughters. But as Pearl confronts her own mortality, she begins to understand what her dead husband, Henry, has always known. Secrets are like dark and angry ghosts. And they don’t just haunt you. They haunt everyone you love.Alternating between Pearl’s voice and the voices of her family, both living and dead, each chapter in Let Us Be True offers a different perspective on one woman’s life. With each story and each new voice comes a deeper understanding of Pearl, her secret past and the people she has loved. But will her daughters, Carol and Darlene, two women locked in their own anger and caught up in their own secrets, ever know the full truth about their mother’s past, and if they do, will they find it in their hearts to forgive her? And in forgiving, will they finally find a way to be true to themselves and the people they love?...

Title : Let Us Be True
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ISBN : 9781550506358
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 256 Pages
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Let Us Be True Reviews

  • Lisa Nikolits
    2019-04-20 00:28

    A beautifully Canadian novel reminiscent of Margaret Laurence’s The Stone Angel and a memorable work in its own right. Toggling between the World War of 1944 and modern day 2000, the novel held me in its grip from the first page to the last — I read the book in one wonderful sitting. Marriage, love, sisterhood and family secrets all speak their truth in this not-to-be-misssed novel that is populated by a range of intriguing characters.

  • Anne
    2019-04-13 02:11

    This is a long overdue review of Let Us Be True, a remarkable debut novel by award-winning film producer Erna Buffie. Drenched in both world and family histories, Buffie’s characters navigate a minefield of secrets kept too long and too close, secrets that, once learned, have the power to condemn or redeem. It is a story of husbands and wives, mothers and daughters. Sisters. Beautifully written, with a flair for just the right detail, and with sensitivity to her characters, Buffie achieves the difficult task of making us want to put our arms around Pearl Calder, a hard to like protagonist from a generation of women who endured much and told little. Her daughters inevitably bear the scars resulting from Pearl’s secrets and as they are slowly revealed to Darlene and Carol, and the reader, we see how generosity toward one’s parents requires a special kind of understanding. And forgiveness. A beautiful book.

  • Tami
    2019-03-25 23:31

    I received my copy of Let Us Be True via a FirstReads giveaway. So far, all the reviews of this novel have been overwhelming positive, which leads me to wonder if I'm just totally missing something here. Perhaps reading this book over the holidays wasn't ideal either. I just did not enjoy the negativity of all of the main characters (3 generations of women in a small prairie town ..including 2 sets of lesbians a generation apart, which could've been an interesting angle, but wasn't), and I kept waiting for one or more of them to "soften" or just generally come more "alive"..but none of them did. The novel just felt like a very cold, harsh, and hollow read.

  • Karen Lowe
    2019-04-22 06:20

    Enjoyable read - and I wished it went on further so the redemption could happen. Yes, I know it's up to me the reader to fill in the blanks, but sometimes I like to see the whole story unfold in front of me. I liked Pearl, her gruffness to those close to her coupled with her sweetness to casual strangers, like the nurses. I wish I saw more of Henry, who was such a positive influence to all around him. The daughters and their issues added depth to the family but I felt I didn't get a complete view into their lives. The time transitions were smooth and the writing was satisfying.

  • Jazz
    2019-03-26 07:14

    This is a well written book. I would give it 4.5 stars if I could. It had the feel of Stone Angel, with the aging protagonist, and the small Manitoba town setting. However, after reading to the end, I didn't feel that it fully explained why Pearl was so angry at the world and at Henry. I mean, the end explained it, but I didn't feel it did a satisfactory job, and it didn't explain why she had such a detached marriage. But, overall, I enjoyed reading this book. A pleasant surprise, as I read it after it was recommended in's website for fans of Margaret Atwood's The Blind Assasin.

  • Linda
    2019-04-23 05:27

    Although the characters in this novel initially seemed unlikeable, as Pearl's story began to unfold one began to feel an affinity for her and an understanding of why she is never able to express love for her husband or her daughters. Only by revealing the pain and tragedy of the past can a family begin to heal and grow in healthy ways.. By the end of the book, I felt hope that Pearls daughters would be able to go forward from their stilted, self-limiting lives into true forgiveness and fulfillment. And I felt like I would very much like to have Pearl for a friend, crusty exterior and all.

  • Marie-Pier
    2019-04-12 05:17

    I received this book via the Goodreads giveaway.I enjoy reading this book. The way the author take us back and forth in time without notice is awesome.I just feel that it's missing something at the end. I don't know I would have liked to know maybe the reactions of the daughters about the death of their mother. Did it put them closer or not?Maybe in a next book ;)(By the way sorry for the english. It's not my first language)

  • B. Dickie
    2019-04-24 06:25

    Buffie has has created complex characters, who do not immediately win your love, but in the unraveling display the wounds that have broken them and the words that can mend them. In that sense they embody so many families who never seek to look behind the facade of anger or seeming indifference to the scars yet to be healed. Such a search can only end in love.

  • Madison
    2019-04-18 01:26

    AMAZING. My full review and Q&A with author Erna Buffie are here:

  • Sue
    2019-04-05 06:30

    Loved this book! Couldn't put it down.

  • Alexa Rosentreter
    2019-03-28 01:19

    Very enjoyable read, compelling characters and story. All about the women, I am curious about Pearl's husband Henry. Next book! :)

  • Tamara
    2019-04-01 07:27

    This was a beautifully written book, which carries you along easily. We witness how secrets can have such a lasting impact on those who keep them, and those they love. All those things left unsaid have as much impact as those said. From WWI, through WWII, across three generations, the secrets and omissions carry a heavy weight, shaping lives in ways none predicted nor likely wanted. Be kind.

  • Kathleen McRae
    2019-04-26 06:10

    This Canadian novel is beautifully written and has an interesting cast of characters.

  • HT
    2019-03-26 06:16

    The blurb was so attractive. This started off really interesting, but then somehow, inexplicably, the author introduced us to the most lethargic and two-dimensional character I've seen in a while. Pearl was not intriguing, for all of her secrets. Her voice was completely dull and emotionless, rather like a marble statue reciting depictions of the people who passed by its plinth all day. She casually passes judgements on everyone around her, including her own family and occasionally her dead husband, and I could tell right away why she was no favoured relation. No more exciting were any of the other women, and I don't really count sexual orientation as an exciting plot device. There was also a lot of unnecessary detail: detail about thought processes, an overload of historical context from Pearl, just a lot of heavily-described anecdotes that dragged the story down.DNF'd at 20%. Blog :: Twitter :: Instagram

  • Jordan
    2019-04-14 03:14

    This is a book about women, their lives, secrets, burdens to bear. Life's a bitch, and here it is in person.The central character, Pearl, spends the first 204 pages (out of 228) defining the word bitter. The whole world owes her and she's out to collect. There is a single, gratuitous salutation towards her ever pleasant but long-suffering husband that is supposed to pass as her humanity. That's it. And then she reverts to the person most people would prefer root canal work rather than have a coffee with.Most of the drama comes not from those serendipitous life events that just happen, such as war, disease, accidents. No, the root causes here are the cowardliness of the players, their refusal to tell the truth, face life and most of all, the failure to take ownership of their own mistakes, faults, and flaws.Now it's true that I am a man, and so being am influenced by my gender based experience. But that doesn't make it right for others to behave badly, and more so, at the expense of other's happiness.This book left me angry at the character, and grateful to the author.

  • Patricia lambert
    2019-04-07 07:19

    Loved this beautifully written story.