Sold on A Monday

Sold on A Monday

A Novel

Book - 2018
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In 1931, near Philadelphia, ambitious reporter Ellis Reed photographs the gut-wrenching sign posted beside a pair of siblings on a farmhouse porch. With the help of newspaper secretary Lily Palmer, Ellis writes an article to accompany the photo. Capturing the hardships of American families during the Great Depression, the feature story generates national attention and Ellis's career skyrockets. But the piece also leads to consequences more devastating than he and Lily ever imagined -- and it will risk everything they value to unravel the mystery and set things right. Inspired by a newspaper photo that stunned readers throughout the country, Sold on a Monday is a powerful novel of ambition, redemption, love and family.
Publisher: Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Landmark, [2018]
ISBN: 9781492663997
Branch Call Number: MCM
Characteristics: 343 pages ; 21 cm


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Mar 31, 2020

The concept of a mother being so desperate that she offers to sell her children is heart-breaking, so I put off reading this one. But, with all the libraries being closed due to the Coronavirus, I finally gave in and I'm so glad I did. It had some sadness, but the real story is about two caring reporters, determined to ensure that the children are safe. It's a wild ride and you won't want to put it down.

Mar 07, 2020

Terrific story, terrific author.

Sep 20, 2019

5 star read

Jun 20, 2019

Partial to the first half of the nineteenth century, I'm always looking for historical novels based on actual events. Since the story also involves a bit of mystery, it is a double winner.

May 20, 2019

Read this in one evening (finished at 02:00!) Just couldn't put it down. Makes me wonder how many of us would survive in similar circumstances, we are very sheltered & spoiled. As always children pay a severe price, that part is not fiction.

Apr 18, 2019

A sad story about what life was like in the 1930’s when parents were forced to sell their children to survive. The story was readable, but bland.

Feb 28, 2019

While I liked most of the book, the ending was just your basic shoot out Hollywood ending

Aug 09, 2018

Open this book and find yourself immersed into journalism during the Great Depression. The story begins with a photo of two boys next to a sign. McMorris tells the story by showing us Ellis Reed's experiences as well as Lily Palmer's. At the center of the story we see how one small decision, one tiny white lie, one turning of the head can lead to regrets that can resound through generations. The reader cannot avoid turning the mirror on their own life and realize that it is so much easier to make decisions for others when you do not bear their burdens. A quote by Eleanor Roosevelt comes to mind: "To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart."

An excellent selection for book groups, discussion questions already included. Thank you to Sourcebooks and NetGalley for a digital ARC of this book.

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