He said "I like books that tug on your heartstrings." I knew exactly what he meant. Books so vivid and compelling they stay with you for years. Books you can quote from to your friends who love it too.
Estimable Editor gave me a copy of LIES WE TELL OURSELVES.
I thought I'd dip in on the way home.
Here's the first line:
"The white people were waiting for us."
And if that doesn't send a chill down your spine, you didn't live through integration. Or Boston bussing. Or when Ryan White tried to go to school.
I kept reading. Here's the second page of the book, in the first person POV of one of the two main characters, Sarah.
I close my eyes, take a long breath, and recite in my clearest voice. "The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want."
Ruth joins in. "He maketh me to lie down in green pastures. He leadeth me beside the still waters."
Then all ten of us, in the same breath. "He restoreth my soul."
I was overwhelmed reading this, knowing that real kids, children really, were asked to be this brave, and they WERE. They walked past all those people shouting terrible things, armed only with prayer.
My sox were long gone.
You can order this book now, it doesn't get pubbed till September (sorry about that.)
It's a pick for the YA Buzz Panel at BEA this year.
I have a feeling it's going to be on my list of Sox Knockers for 2014.
What knocked your sox off this week?