by Kim Kelly
THE TRUTH & ADDY LOEST
Ta da! I’m a bundle of thrill at being able to share the gorgeous cover for The Truth & Addy Loest with the world, publishing in paperback, ebook and Bolinda audiobook in February 2021. She’s a love song to my misspent youth at Sydney Uni in the 1980s – days of overthinking, too much drinking, live bands, love and literature. If you’d like to read the first chapter, you can right here:
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.