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Grubbie Debut: Nancy Johnson with Jean Kwok, 2/1

Join Porter Square Books and Grubstreet along with Grubbie Nancy Johnson for the launch of her debut novel, The Kindest Lie! Nancy will be joined in conversation by Jean Kwok (Searching for Sylvie Lee). This event is free and open to all to attend, and is hosted on Crowdcast. Register here.

 

About The Kindest Lie

A promise could betray you.

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 traumatic incident strains the town’s already searing racial tensions, sending Ruth and Midnight on a collision course that could upend both their lives.

 

This free series is in partnership with our friends at Porter Square Books and will be held remotely. When GrubStreet’s new space is ready and when it’s safe for us all to gather again, we’ll look forward to hosting these events in-person on our writers’ stage. In the meantime, register today to reserve your spot and we’ll see you online very soon. Learn more.

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