Our Bookseller says:
“In The Authenticity Project, the lives of several strangers in London become intertwined through a book full of secrets. A lonely man named Julian, who is ridden with regret and misses his wife, decides to record the truth about his life in a green notebook, which he leaves for someone else to discover. The Authenticity Project explores how human connection thrives on vulnerability. This is a heartwarming story, with relatable and imperfect characters, ideal to read between heavier, more intense novels. If you liked A Man Called Ove or Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, you should pick this up!”
Julian Jessop, an eccentric, lonely artist and septuagenarian, believes that most people aren’t really honest with each other. But what if they were? And so he writes—in a plain, green journal—the truth about his own life and leaves it in his local café. It’s run by the tidy and efficient Monica, who adds her own entry and leaves the book across the street. Before long, others add truths about their own deepest selves—and soon meet In Real Life at Monica’s Café.
The Authenticity Project’s cast of characters—including Hazard, the charming addict who makes a vow to get sober; Alice, the fabulous mommy Instagrammer whose real life is not so perfect; and their other new friends—is by turns quirky and funny, heartbreakingly sad and painfully true-to-life. It’s a story about putting your real self forward—and finding out that it’s not as scary as it seems. In fact, it looks a lot like happiness.
The Authenticity Project is just the tonic for our times that readers are clamoring for—and one they will take to heart and read with unabashed pleasure.