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The Truth about the Barn offers answers to important questions about how barns came into being, why they look the way they do, why they’re worth reflecting on, and what possible future they may have. With wit and romanticism, David Elias investigates the barn’s place in culture and religion, art and literature, exploring psychological and philosophical implications of barns over time.
Listen to David Elias on the CBC Weekend Morning Show
Read an interview with David Elias on Prairie Books Now
The Truth About the Barn is a 2020 “Riveting Reads” selection at the Winnipeg Free Press!
A McNally Robinson bestseller!
Praise for The Truth About The Barn
“Written with something of a stream-of-consciousness approach, the book engagingly drifts from one folksy rumination to the next…It’s as if you’re overhearing farmers chatting at the local feed store, and you’re not too surprised when you discover they all have PhDs.” — Literary Review of Canada
“It’s a delightful book — funny, informative and full of the author’s very obvious affection for the buildings and the animals that live in them.” — Winnipeg Free Press
“An inherently fascinating and impressively informative read [that] is enhanced with the occasional black-and- white illustration” — Midwest Book Review
“At times tender, sometimes angry, always aware, Elias writes about the pain and humour and beauty of what happens in the barn, and what we dream of it. His is an intimate knowledge of barns and of the creatures who inhabit them, people too.” — Dennis Cooley, author of Correction Line
“We count on writers to show the remarkable in the ordinary, to enable us to see anew what has become familiar. David Elias has done just that in The Truth About the Barn. Never will we look at a barn in the same way again. He elevates this commonplace structure to a cultural, historical artifact…In stark, visceral scenes he details some of the more brutal tasks of animal husbandry that were forced on him by a harsh, insensitive father who, at one time, housed thousands of turkeys in a massive barn. In these scenes we are reminded of the powerful, chilling aspects of his novel Waiting for Elvis—and also of the emotive reach of this gifted writer’s prose.” — Marjorie Anderson, editor of the national bestselling Dropped Threads anthologies
“Elias’ use of language to re-create the period is striking. A highly readable telling of a royal fall from grace.” — Kirkus Reviews
“…well-researched, extremely fluid novel…Greatly sensitive to readers’ needs and interests… a solid, resonant depiction of a woman who made the best of trying circumstances.” — Booklist
“Written in an accessible variant of Old English, Elias’s novel immerses readers wholly in the language, culture, and politics of the ultimate game of thrones.” — Library Journal