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Sixteen-year-old Lorena Leland’s dreams of a rich and fulfilling life as a writer are dashed when the stock market crashes in 1929. Seven years into the Great Depression, Rena’s banker father has retreated into the bottle, her sister is married to a lazy charlatan and gambler, and Rena is an unemployed newspaper reporter. Eager for any writing job, Rena accepts a position interviewing former slaves for the Federal Writers’ Project. There, she meets Frankie Washington, a 101-year-old woman whose honest yet tragic past captivates Rena.

As Frankie recounts her life as a slave, Rena is horrified to learn of all the older woman has endured - especially because Rena’s ancestors owned slaves. While Frankie’s story challenges Rena’s preconceptions about slavery, it also connects the two women whose lives are otherwise separated by age, race, and circumstances. But will this bond of respect, admiration, and friendship be broken by a revelation neither woman sees coming?

©2020 Michelle Shocklee (P)2020 Tyndale House Publishers

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  • Becky
  • 03-12-20

Wonderful!

I’d give this book 6 out of 5 stars if I could! For the story and the performance!

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  • Alice Murr
  • 31-03-21

Fantastic Read

I cried and mouned and laughed. Vivid word crafting, heartwrenching and heartwarming. And perfectly narrated.

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  • C. M. S
  • 27-01-21

Best. Book. Ever.

Everyone should listen to or read this book. Riveting from the first moment. I couldn’t get enough. Smiles. Tears. Sobbing. Every emotion possible. Just read/listen to it!

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  • Kari
  • 05-03-21

Gone with the Wind meets The Help

A lovely story full of history and heart. Set in Nashville TN during the Civil war and the Great Depression, Michelle Shockley did a masterful job of linking two national crisis’ and how people endured hardships. I highly recommend this book to historical fiction fans!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 22-01-21

Didn't want this one to end...

This one touched ALL the feelings. Roosevelt 's WPA programs brought work to many down and out people during the depression, and the one interviewing former slaves was one of the most interesting and most controversial. One woman's experiences during this time will keep you enthralled from beginning to end.

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  • R.M.
  • 07-01-21

Enlightening read

Really enjoyed this book. Heartwarming
Opened my eyes to some things I did not know.
Amazing friendship

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  • Jayep99
  • 05-01-21

Loved it ♥️

What a great book and it will help open the eyes of some folks!! Narration was good and believable!

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  • Dodie Fitzsimmons
  • 14-12-20

A Must read!

A tragic yet uplifting wonderful story of a women’s life of a life born in slavery and surviving and thriving as freedom arrives in many forms. History and the stories of each person is important as this well written book demonstrates.