The Kindest Lie

The Kindest Lie

A Novel

eBook - 2021
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Needing to reconnect with the baby she gave up for adoption years earlier, an Ivy League-educated Black engineer uncovers devastating family secrets before her bond with a young white misfit scandalizes her racially torn community.
Publisher: New York, NY :, William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2021]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780063005655
0063005654
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (326 pages)
text file, rda
Additional Contributors: Axis 360 (Firm)

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brangwinn
Feb 02, 2021

Wow! Searing social commentary and a gripping plot are combined in this story about upward mobility, race, class, and privilege. The world is looking good when Barack Obama is elected for the black community and Ruth and Xavier are ready to celebrate, but when its time to start a family, Ruth must explain she is already a mother. At 17, she gave birth to a son who was adopted by an unknown family. Ruth went on to graduate from Yale and marry a PepsiCo marketing executive, but now her conscious is bothering her, and she returns to her childhood home to find her son. Instead, she finds an 11-year-old white kid named Midnight. Midnight’s mother died in childbirth. Ruth and Midnight’s lives become more and more connected as this story is told in alternating chapters. As Ruth’s grandmother warns, ‘You keep turning up the dirt, you bound to run into a snake one day. And it’s going to bite you. Real hard.”

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