This was one novel that I will remember for a very long time. Probably never forget. According to the author this fictional story was loosely based on actual events as early as 2013. Lots of time was spent on research, interviews, listening to an actual town hall meeting in its entirety, etc to bring this story to life. I always read the author's notes in the back of a book to gain insight into the preparations before writing. Ms. Ganshert has certainly done her "homework". This seemed to be a small taste of a very big problem in our world that should be improving but it's not. Racism is alive and well and sad to think about.
The three main female characters were as different as you could get. Camille with a perfect life, which included a perfect marriage, family, home and status in society.
Jen, along with her husband, adjusting to an adopted daughter from Africa and all the struggles and adjustments that entailed. And Anaya, newly graduated from college and ready for her first year of teaching, but facing many challenges as well because of her skin color and a newly combined poor school district with a rich school district.
There were so many things going on among the pages. Relationship changes, marital problems, racism, illness, adoption, sexual harassment and school situations. This was a book that had me in its clutches from the very first page and my emotions ran amuck throughout. Deeply thought provoking to the point that I had to stop reading occasionally and just sit and "chew" on what I had just read. I pray for the future of our whole society but mainly for our children and grandchildren and what they are facing daily in the schools. This is a book that everyone should read but especially those in education. I will be recommending it to many I know and talking about to ones I meet.
I received a complimentary uncorrected proof from the publisher but was not required to write a review.