At a prestigious upstate Liberal Arts college, a troupe of theatre students have formed a close clique in which they live, eat, and breathe Shakespeare. When a casting turns their roles upside down, the stage begins to blur into real life until one of them shows up dead.
Kate Weinberg’s debut novel, The Truants, pulls dark academia out of the elite and picturesque colleges of America and plunges it into a Brutalist-style university found in the east of England. Jess Walker begins her undergraduate degree enthralled by her enigmatic professor, Lorna Clay, whose class on the master storyteller Agatha Christie sets the scene for the rest of the novel and its mysteries. The Truants is a story about stories, but in particular, it’s about the reliability of our storytellers. Just how much of what they’re telling us is the truth?