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True to Form

A Novel



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About The Book

An act of betrayal leaves a teenaged girl in 1961 wondering if the only person she can ever truly trust is herself in the finale of the “rich…timeless” (The New Yorker) Katie Nash series.

Thirteen-year-old Katie Nash is not looking forward to her summer. Her father has enlisted her in two difficult jobs—babysitting the rambunctious Wexler children and looking after her elderly, bedridden neighbor.

Luckily, she does have something to look forward to: a trip to her Texas hometown to visit her best friend Cherylanne. But people and places change, and Katie is devastated to realize Cherylanne is no exception.

A summer of upheaval for both a young girl and the country at large, True to Form is a relatable and evocative “journey of self-discovery and personal redemption” (The Seattle Times).

About The Author

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Elizabeth Berg is the award-winning author of more than twenty-five books, including the New York Times bestsellers True to FormNever ChangeOpen HouseThe Story of Arthur TruluvNight of Miracles, and The Confession Club. She lives outside of Chicago. Find out more at

Product Details

  • Publisher: Atria Books (July 12, 2022)
  • Length: 240 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781668000946

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Raves and Reviews

“In Katie, Berg has created a narrator true to adolescent form at a time when the larger world was beginning to change dramatically.”

– Chicago Tribune

“Elizabeth Berg, as usual, explores her main character in detail. Readers develop sympathy for Katie on her journey of self-discovery and personal redemption.”

– The Seattle Times

“Katie Nash is someone we can relate to, especially if we are of an age to be nostalgic about Pat Boone, Prell shampoo and Green Stamps. . . . Plus, to give Berg her due, she (or Katie, if you prefer) is capable of some lovely writing.”

– Chicago Sun-Times

“[W]ritten with great tenderness and understanding . . . [True to Form] takes readers back to their own days of awakening. . . . It flows with grace and beauty and a clarity that have not been so inspiring since some of the classicists.”

– The Communicator

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