Happy Thursday, book friends! Yesterday was an all-day staff meeting at work, so I’m feeling both re-energized by spending time with my colleagues and drained because that pretty much took out my introvert battery reserves.
Thankfully, I’m never too tired for my book friends (okay, usually not too tired), which means I’m back with another TBR Thursday post! This week’s featured title is…
The Kindest Lie by Nancy Johnson
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.Bookshop.org synopsis
Why It’s On My TBR
This may be the oldest unread BOTM title I have currently, so I honestly don’t really remember why I picked it that month, except that it sounds like a compelling story. It does sound on the heavier side, so I haven’t quite felt ready to pick it up in the past couple years when I’ve mostly been doing comfort reading.
Is this one on your TBR? Have you read it? I’m curious to know, as I don’t remember seeing much buzz for this one!