Metafiction has long been associated with the heyday of literary postmodernism-with a certain sense of irresponsibility, political apathy, and downright nihilism. Yet, if (as is now widely assumed) postmodernism has finally run its course, why has metafiction remained a constant not just in literature but in narrative media more broadly? Does this persistence undermine the claim that postmodernism has passed, or has the function of metafiction somehow changed?

While negotiating the current debate over postmodernism's ostensible successor, Truth and Metafiction argues that much contemporary fiction sustains postmodernism's suspicion of all-encompassing truth claims whilst at the same time working to overcome the most mendacious consequence of postmodernism: perverse revelry in a world unencumbered by verifiable reality. After all, the debate has been raging in the academy now for some time: how much have deep-rooted postmodern attitudes contributed to a world in which a politician can claim that "truth isn't truth"?

Josh Toth digs through these problems, which are ethical and political as well as literary, to argue that we can have a new metafiction, and one in which the possibility of the truth is renewed.