Read this in one evening (finished at 02:00!) Just couldn't put it down. Makes me wonder how many of us would survive in similar circumstances, we are very sheltered & spoiled. As always children pay a severe price, that part is not fiction.
A sad story about what life was like in the 1930’s when parents were forced to sell their children to survive. The story was readable, but bland.
While I liked most of the book, the ending was just your basic shoot out Hollywood ending
Open this book and find yourself immersed into journalism during the Great Depression. The story begins with a photo of two boys next to a sign. McMorris tells the story by showing us Ellis Reed's experiences as well as Lily Palmer's. At the center of the story we see how one small decision, one tiny white lie, one turning of the head can lead to regrets that can resound through generations. The reader cannot avoid turning the mirror on their own life and realize that it is so much easier to make decisions for others when you do not bear their burdens. A quote by Eleanor Roosevelt comes to mind: "To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart."
An excellent selection for book groups, discussion questions already included. Thank you to Sourcebooks and NetGalley for a digital ARC of this book.
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