The Truth Is In The Wine by Curtis Bunn

the truth is in the wine



There are some secrets that are better left that way… In this gripping novel of twisted moral dilemmas, a man tries to save his troubled marriage by taking a trip to Napa Valley after secretly winning the lottery.

Paul Wall’s marriage is in trouble. In addition to losing his job, he loses all of his self-esteem, and soon his wife, Ginger, is as unhappy as he is. However, when Paul wins millions of dollars in the Georgia state lottery, he concocts a master plan to regain his wife’s love.

A passionate wine-drinker, Paul convinces Ginger to accompany him on a trip to romantic Napa Valley, but Paul keeps his winnings a secret; he wants to win her back on his own merits. Ginger insists her mom, a recent widow, travels with them. Paul then insists his mom, recently divorced, join them. This quartet of characters travels together to California and, with the influx of wine loosening their inhibitions, they end up revealing secrets better left untold.

With controversial ethical dilemmas at its heart, The Truth is in the Wine is a remarkable and riveting novel that will put you in the characters’ shoes, wondering what you’d do next if you had millions of dollars to spend and a marriage and relationships to save.



The mark of a good book is if it stirs emotion inside of you and if the words on the page can connect with the feelings in your soul. The Truth Is In The Wine by Curtis Bunn accomplishes both. The characters and the situation in the book are quite realistic.

The Truth Is In The Wine is the tale of a married couple (Paul and Ginger) that are disconnected from another. The wife dreads going into her house and the husband has lost all of his moxie aka self-esteem because he has lost his job due to the economy. Sounds like many American families today, huh?

The “D”  word is mentioned but they make one last ditch effort to save their marriage by taking a trip to Napa Valley aka Wine Country. And, we all (well, all of us that partake in alcoholic beverages from time to time) know that alcohol is like truth serum. But, will the wine be enough of a catalyst to make Ginger and Paul take a deep look into themselves and their marriage to try to save it?

I must say thanks to Curtis Bunn for writing a book that is meant for people that want to read about adults dealing with grown people situations!!!

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of The Truth Is In The Wine in exchange for an honest review.





meettheauthorcurtis bunn

Curtis Bunn is the Essence No. 1 bestselling author noted for crafting revealing, one-of-a-kind, authentic insight into the minds of men in his literary works. His latest novel, The Truth Is In The Wine, is another example of his crafty and engaging storytelling.


A 25-year, national award-winning sports journalist, Bunn is the author of four other novels, including Homecoming Weekend, A Cold Piece of Work, That Was Then, This Is Now and Baggage Check.


He is a 1983 graduate of Norfolk State University who taught journalism for five years at Morehouse College. Bunn also is the founder of the National Book Club Conference, considered the premier annual literary event for African-American readers and authors.

authorinterview1. If The Truth is in the Wine were made into a movie, who would you have as your dream cast? Great question. Let’s see: I’m going to go for Don Cheadle as the lead character, Paul Wall, because the role calls for a sense of vulnerability and depth, which Cheadle has shown in his career. “Paul” could also be played by Jeff Daniels (star of HBO’s The Newsroom), another actor with range and skill. Either can play that role because the characters are not identified as black or white. It’s just a family with issues that it is trying to work out.


As for Paul’s wife, Ginger, I’d say Kimberly Elise and Michelle Pfeiffer—both ladies have range and sensitivity. I write characters that have layers and who go through emotional changes and growth.


I can see Phylicia Rashard or Meryl Streep as Madelin, Ginger’s mother,  and and Helen Mirren or Jennifer Lewis (mom in Think Like A Man) as Brenda, Paul’s mother. That’s a star-studded cast that can get where they need to get emotionally to effectively tell the story.

2.   Set the mood for us…when you’re writing, you have to… Turn the TV off. There was a time when I could watch ESPN or a movie or one of my favorite shows like The Sopranos or The Newsroom or Curb Your Enthusiasm or the local news and it would not disturb my train of thought. Now, I need silence so I can tap into these characters that live within me. I know who these people are and I need peace and quiet to convey what’s going on with them. It’s a good place to be, too, for a writer, to be connected and undisturbed as you craft the story that’s in your head.

3. What has been the most surprising and upsetting part of your literary journey? Nothing has been upsetting. Well, I take that back: Oprah has not called to have me on her show to endorse my books. That’s upsetting. Other than that, it’s been beautiful. I guess I’m surprised that many readers are such keen and thorough readers. It’s surprising when the get the nuances of the stories or characters. Pleasantly surprising.

4. When you’re not writing, what authors do you enjoy reading? What are you currently reading? I do not read as much as I would like because I have so many projects that I feel guilty reading when I should be writing—or playing golf. J I’m a huge Walter Mosley and J. California Cooper fan. I’m excited to read William Frederick Cooper’s upcoming novel, “Unbreakable,” and new author Moncia Michelle’s “Lucky No. 5.”

5.   If you had to write your life story, what would the title be? How does that title portray your story? The title would be: A Life Worth Living. It works because my life has been a blessing, from one day to the next, one accomplishment (big or small) to the next. You grow up and have a plan for yourself. Mine was to be a professional journalist. To actually achieve that goal, and thrive for 25 years at it, was like a dream. To transition into an author and create an annual literary event (the National Book Club Conference), to have traveled extensively, to have two wonderful children and a great family and friends that mean the world to me and people who read and enjoy my books. . . that’s a life worth living.

6.   What are three things readers might be surprised to learn about you? With Facebook, readers likely might not be surprised by much because I use that social media outlet to let readers into my world, if only slightly, so they understand who I am a little and, hopefully, relate to me at least a little. Still, many might be surprised to know that I love shopping—for clothes and even groceries. Seems like I’m in the grocery store everyday. Many might know that I love golf because I have posted on Facebook about that, but only a few know that in 2002 I got to play perhaps the premier course in the world: Augusta National, site of The Masters. That was a big deal. It was like a highly anticipated date: I could barely sleep the night before. Lastly, I’m loyal to BlackBerry. Seems everyone is down with the iPhone or even Androids. I know BlackBerry fell off, but I will never go iPhone and will stick with BlackBerry until there is no BlackBerry. It’s a very functional phone and the Z10 can do anything any other “smartphone” can do—and more. And it looks and feel better.

7. Why do you think your writing matters? My writing matters because I tell stories that are authentic and relatable and forces you to think, which is a very healthy endeavor. My books offer in depth insight into the minds of men, first and foremost, but they also present ethical dilemmas that make readers contemplate throughout what they would do in a particular situation. As an author, I consider it a responsibility to entertain while definitely forcing the reader to tap into his/her own sensitivity, emotions, intellect and morals. You get mad at my characters or frustrated or elated or hopeful because I write with a purpose and create characters and storylines that place you in their shoes. So, you end up looking at things from their perspective and your perspective. You may not change your mind, but you certainly ponder other positions, which is always healthy.

8. What can your fans look forward to next? By the end of October I will have completed my sixth novel, The Old Man In The Club. It’s book takes a piercing look at that figure we’ve all encountered at one point or another and wondered, “Why is he in this club?” My book gets into the mentality of a 61-year-old man and, when you’re done reading the book, you likely will look at “the old man in the club” differently. It releases July 2014 and I’m anxious for folks to read it.

9. Share with us the background on the National Book Club Conference. Why was it started? When and where will it be held in 2014? Why do you think readers and authors should attend this conference? I met with many book clubs around the country that read my first novel, “Baggage Check.” Each meeting was different, but the same in one way: I left feeling spirited and uplifted, like I do when I leave church. It hit me that most readers never get a chance to meet some of their favorite authors. So I decided to put together an event where we have a series of book club meetings, panel discussions, receptions, dinners, etc., where readers can get up close and personal with the creators of the books they appreciate. Meanwhile, the authors get to hear from the readers that they appreciate so much. It’s a win-win for both sides, the ideal reason for readers and authors to attend.

10.    Thank you again for allowing me to interview you on Tiffany Talks Books. Are there any last words for those who are reading this interview? Thank you for the opportunity. I truly appreciate any chance to connect with readers because they mean so much to me. I hope everyone supports The Truth Is In The Wine, which drops October 8th. It’s a fun book that will make you think and wonder how you would react to the situations that arise. And if you’re in a book club, e-mail me on Facebook or or I’d love to attend your meeting to participate in the discussion of the book. . . Again, thanks, Tiffany!!!





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