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The Literary

August Book Group: The Kindest Lie

Powerful and unforgettable, THE KINDEST LIE is the story of an American family and reveals the secrets we keep and the promises we make to protect one another.

August Book Group: The Kindest Lie
August Book Group: The Kindest Lie

Time & Location

Aug 24, 2023, 7:00 PM

The Literary, 122 N Neil St, Champaign, IL 61820, USA

About the Event

Join UCRJ for our August Book Group: The Kindest Lie by Nancy Johnson

Our discussion will be led by Dr. Jeannie Ludlow (she/her), Professor of English; Director of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Eastern Illinois University

Every family has its secrets...

It’s 2008, and the inauguration of President Barack Obama ushers in a new kind of hope. In Chicago, Ruth Tuttle, an Ivy-League educated Black engineer, is married to a kind and successful man. He’s eager to start a family, but Ruth is uncertain. She has never gotten over the baby she gave birth to—and was forced to leave behind—when she was a teenager. She had promised her family she’d never look back, but Ruth knows that to move forward, she must make peace with the past.

Returning home, Ruth discovers the Indiana factory town of her youth is plagued by unemployment, racism, and despair. As she begins digging into the past, she unexpectedly befriends Midnight, a young white boy who is also adrift and looking for connection. Just as Ruth is about to uncover a burning secret her family desperately wants to keep hidden, a heart-stopping incident strains the town’s already searing racial tensions, sending Ruth and Midnight on a collision course that could upend both their lives.

Powerful and unforgettable, The Kindest Lie is the story of an American family and reveals the secrets we keep and the promises we make to protect one another.

Purchase your book at The Literary for a 10% discount.

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