WE HOPE FOR BETTER THINGS
The past is never as past as we'd like to think
When journalist Elizabeth Balsam is asked to deliver a box of old photos to a relative she didn't know she had, the strange request seems like it isn't worth her time. But as she explores her great-aunt's farmhouse with its locked doors and hidden graves, she soon discovers just how dramatically some of the most newsworthy events of the previous two centuries shaped her own family. As she searches for answers to the riddles around her, the remarkable stories of two women who lived in this very house emerge as testaments to love, resilence, and courage in the face of war, racism, and misunderstanding.
What a stunning debut novel! Fascinating topic with a unique approach. Not just two, but three timelines featuring three Caucasian heroines who navigate various forms of racism in very personal ways. Their view as 'outsiders' looking in provide an intriguing vantage point to the tumultuous times they live in.
It's not always pretty and everything doesn't get wrapped up in a neat little bow by the end. Bartels exposes the secrets and prejudices that shape a family over a century. Heart-breaking and rage-inducing and, ultimately, thought-provoking. I devoured We Hope for Better Things in one sitting -- I just couldn't put it down!
Book provided by Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc.
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