Sold on a Monday
by Kristina McMorris
My rating: 4 stars
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (August 28, 2018)
Publication Date: August 28, 2018
Genre: Historical Fiction
Print Length: 352 pages
2 CHILDREN FOR SALE
The scrawled sign, peddling young siblings on a farmhouse porch, captures the desperation sweeping the country in 1931. It’s an era of breadlines, bank runs, and impossible choices.
For struggling reporter Ellis Reed, the gut-wrenching scene evokes memories of his family’s dark past. He snaps a photograph of the children, not meant for publication. But when the image leads to his big break, the consequences are devastating in ways he never imagined.
Haunted by secrets of her own, secretary Lillian Palmer sees more in the picture than a good story and is soon drawn into the fray. Together, the two set out to right a wrongdoing and mend a fractured family, at the risk of everything they value.
Inspired by an actual newspaper photo that stunned readers across the nation, this touching novel explores the tale within the frame and behind the lens—a journey of ambition, love, and the far-reaching effects of our actions.
Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris
It was an era that devastated the nation, the Great Depression. Broken dreams, broken families, the American dream was never more of a nightmare. One young reporter would use the pain of a broken family and a mother desperate to save her children at any cost to her to make a name for himself. But what he discovers is his own humanity, his own compassion and the need to redeem his very soul.
SOLD ON A MONDAY by Kristina McMorris is a gut-wrenching slice of the bitter taste of life in 1931. We are transported into this narrow window of time and witness the unimaginable horrors of having nowhere to turn for help, as families must choose between watching their children starve or ensuring their survival. We cannot fathom what the emotional turmoil or devastation these parents felt. Clearly, a young reporter saw and photographed a poignant piece of history, but it wouldn’t be until later that he would realize that what he saw was more than the byline he craved.
Brutal, raw and revealing, this is a story of the loss, but also one of finding truth, compassion and understanding. Memorable and moving, humanity at its most heart wrenching for the faceless masses.
I received a complimentary ARC edition from Sourcebooks Landmark!