By Leah Greenblatt
Updated December 14, 2007 05:00 AM

In Jennifer Kaufman and Karen Mack’s A Version of the Truth, an awkward but oddly endearing fusion of chick lit and a college survey course, dyslexic high school dropout Cassie Shaw finds herself an unemployable widow in Topanga Canyon, Calif., at age 30. Like many a spirited heroine before her, she fakes it, landing a girl Friday post for two professors at a nearby university thanks to her (imaginary) B.A. In the midst of her night school musings on Descartes and Thoreau, Cassie begins to seek out a different kind of education — traveling her own bumpy path to romance and self-realization. B