Friendship. Fraud. Betrayal.

When does a secret

morph into a lie?


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The Devil Wears Prada meets All the President's Men

At its heart, this is a story of three women: A world-famous journalist at the end of her career, at risk of losing everything because of a vicious online troll; a neophyte politician knee-deep in a run for Congress who longs to reconnect with her estranged daughter; and a  young reporter, desperate to reboot her stalled career, who must choose between the two after she unearths a decades-old lie.


“The political skews personal in this debut, which focuses on the bonds of powerful women in the rough-and-tumble world of politics and government. Smith leads with boldness and heart from the first page.”

—Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean and The Good Son

“This ambitious debut tackles not only mother-daughter dynamics and family secrets, but also the workplace and real-world politics affecting modern women. Written with an engaging, conversational tone, the story conflicts are both realistic and substantial.”

Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author Jamie Beck

Truth and Other Lies is my favorite kind of novel—one that tackles tough topics in a breezy, compulsively readable way. Maggie Smith is a welcome new voice in fiction.”

—Camille Pagán, bestselling author of Don’t Make Me Turn This Life Around 

“Truth and Other Lies promises three women, two secrets, and one lie and boy does it deliver, weaving serious social issues such as abortion, sexual harassment, and toxic social media with the more typical women's fiction themes of female friendship, mother-daughter conflict, and romantic relationships. The surprise ending will leave you wishing for a sequel.”

—A.H. Kim, author of A Good Family

“Keenly observed, tense, and smart, Smith unravels the complexity of being a journalist in a time where loyalty, motherhood, and the medium itself are in a constant state of flux.”

Ann Garvin, USA Today Bestselling author of I Though You Said This Would Work

“An engaging and topical tale of politics and journalistic ethics with a feminist slant.”

Kirkus Reviews

Women's Fiction Writers Association, Rising Star Award (Finalist)

Romance Writers of America, Fab Five (Finalist)


About Maggie

Influenced by her former careers as a psychologist and a business owner, author Maggie Smith pens compelling stories of ordinary women who face extraordinary challenges with grit, brainpower, and strong doses of empathy and humor. She hosts the podcast Hear Us Roar and is managing editor of The Write City Magazine.


Maggie hosts a bi-monthly podcast where she interviews debut women’s fiction authors about their first novel, their path to publication, and their writing process on behalf of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA).

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Lily King never disappoints. Her last book, Euphoria, topped all the best seller lists. And her newest one is every bit as good in an entirely different way. When was the last time you came to the end of a book and found tears forming at the corners of your eyes and was tempted to start reading it all over again?

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