March 15, 2019
Sold On a Monday by Kristina McMorris
Genre/Categories: Historical Fiction, the Depression, Family Life
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‘2 Children For Sale’ is the sign that captures a rookie newspaper reporter’s interest in 1931. The picture that he snaps of the sign and the children on a dilapidated farmhouse porch leads to his big break and a promotion. The publication of the picture has unintended consequences, and the reporter and a colleague set out to right the wrong and reunite the family. This is an imagined story of a real photograph that appeared in a newspaper during The Depression.
Amazon Rating (early reviews): 4.3 Stars
Characters. Surprisingly, this story is told from the perspectives of two newspaper reporters and not the children. Because of reading stories like Before We Were Yours and The Orphan Train, I expected the story to be told from the perspectives of the children. It took me a few chapters to shake this expectation and settle into the story from the newspaper reporters’ perspectives. As the story progressed, I became more invested in their fight to right a wrong….but I still wondered about the children.
Writing. McMorris provides vivid historical details helping us understand the dire circumstances and the desperation of 1931. Definitely, I would have connected more emotionally with the story if it had included the perspective of the older child. Overall, this is a solid read that includes a straightforward time line, a page turning conclusion, and themes of redemption, writing a wrong, family life, and mother/child bonds.
Recommended. I recommend Sold on a Monday for fans of hisfic, for readers who might be interested in the newspaper angle of this tragic imagined story; and for those who appreciate stories about individuals who fight to do the right thing and help others at great personal risk and sacrifice.
My Rating: 3.5 Stars (rounded to 4 stars on Goodreads)
Meet the Author, Kristina McMorris
KRISTINA MCMORRIS is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. Her novels have garnered more than two dozen literary awards and nominations, including the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, RWA’s RITA Award, and a Goodreads Choice Award for Best Historical Fiction. Inspired by true personal and historical accounts, her works of fiction have been published by Sourcebooks Landmark, Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, and Kensington Books.
Kristina’s latest novel, the acclaimed bestseller SOLD ON A MONDAY, follows her widely praised THE EDGE OF LOST, THE PIECES WE KEEP, BRIDGE OF SCARLET LEAVES, and LETTERS FROM HOME, in addition to her novellas in the anthologies A WINTER WONDERLAND and GRAND CENTRAL. Prior to her writing career, she hosted weekly TV shows since age nine, including an Emmy Award-winning program. She lives with her husband and two sons in Oregon, where she is working on her next novel. For more, visit http://KristinaMcMorris.com
Have you read other stories with a Depression Era setting? A story about the Dust Bowl in the 1930s is one that I find especially poignant Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse (scroll down page).
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