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No One Tells Everything

“Notable Novel” selection, Poets & Writers 

Honorable Mention, Anne Powers Fiction Prize

Grace is a copyeditor who drinks alone in the same bar every night, and observes the vibrant life of New York City from the sidelines. But when a local co-ed is found dead, and a college student from Grace’s Ohio hometown is arrested for the murder, something within her stirs. The newspapers claim that Charles is a spoiled rich kid who killed because of a rebuffed sexual advance. Yet Grace senses deeper layers to the story and becomes consumed by discovering the truth behind the crime. When her father has a stroke and she is called home, Grace continues her investigation of Charles in the place where they both grew up. But living amidst her parents in the house of her youth, dark parts of her childhood resurface including the details surrounding the death of her younger sister twenty-five years earlier. As Grace chases Charles’s mystery, she inadvertently chases her own.

Reviews and Praise

“A stunning second novel.”
––The Wisconsin State Journal

“Two lost souls establish a tenuous bond in Meadows’s intriguing tale…There’s a moving irony in this forging of a potentially redemptive friendship in the aftermath of a brutal murder.”
––Publishers Weekly

“Up-and-coming author Rae Meadows offers a powerful, multifaceted reflection on how the past defines the present.”
––Book Reporter

“Hypnotic and beautifully rendered.”
––Dame Magazine

“A deeply moving, deeply satisfying novel.”
––The Lit Life

“A stirring confessional journey…daringly ceaseless in its sympathy.”
––The Mystery Place

“Written with a clean, sharp style and sparse prose… a small, well-crafted, subtle and deceptively simple tale…This is a quiet, refreshing tale that surprises the reader for the things that don’t happen. Excellent.”
––Mostly Fiction

“Meadows is a confident and compelling prose stylist.”
––The L Magazine

“Digging deep into her characters’ tortured inner lives, author Rae Meadows beautifully exposes both Charles and Grace’s cracked and twisted childhoods, her story steadily unfolding with a sense of the inevitable as two desperate people lost amid the thorny branches of life, zealously cling to each other, increasingly desperate to find their way.”
––Curled up with a Good Book

No One Tells Everything is a brave and moving novel. Presenting her struggling and overwhelmed characters in near-translucent prose, Rae Meadows makes a plea for the wounded humanity of all of us.”
––Martha Moody, author of Best Friends and Sometimes Mine

“Haunting and absolutely compelling. An unflinching portrait of the great loneliness at the heart of our big American noise.”
––Lewis Buzbee, author of After the Gold Rush, and The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop

“Meadows is not afraid to illuminate the most pained or shameful facets of her characters, but she does so without a sense of exhibitionism, and with genuine compassion. The kind of emotional acuity she achieves in her novels is no small feat, and she accomplishes it flawlessly.”
––Michelle Wildgen, author of You’re Not You and But Not for Long

“Meadows possesses that wonderful medley of gifts as a writer: originality, precision and compassion. What I like best about her work is that she creates characters that are very complex and she manages to write about them with a mix of toughness and tenderness.”
––Dean Bakopoulos, author of Please Don’t Come Back from the Moon and My American Unhappiness