April 02, 2019

#BookTour for In the Neighborhood of True by @susankcarlton @AlgonquinYR ‏


Synopsis: A powerful story of love, identity, and the price of fitting in or speaking out.

After her father’s death, Ruth Robb and her family transplant themselves in the summer of 1958 from New York City to Atlanta—the land of debutantes, sweet tea, and the Ku Klux Klan. In her new hometown, Ruth quickly figures out she can be Jewish or she can be popular, but she can’t be both. Eager to fit in with the blond girls in the “pastel posse,” Ruth decides to hide her religion. Before she knows it, she is falling for the handsome and charming Davis and sipping Cokes with him and his friends at the all-white, all-Christian Club.

Does it matter that Ruth’s mother makes her attend services at the local synagogue every week? Not as long as nobody outside her family knows the truth. At temple Ruth meets Max, who is serious and intense about the fight for social justice, and now she is caught between two worlds, two religions, and two boys. But when a violent hate crime brings the different parts of Ruth’s life into sharp conflict, she will have to choose between all she’s come to love about her new life and standing up for what she believes.
This title will be released on April 9, 2019.




About the Author: 
Susan Kaplan Carlton currently teaches writing at Boston University. The author of Love & Haight and Lobsterland, her writing has also appeared in SelfElleMademoiselle, and Seventeen. She lived for a time with her family in Atlanta, where her daughters learned the finer points of etiquette from a little pink book and the power of social justice from their synagogue.

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
My Review: It is really scary to know that events from the 1950 & 1960s are as relevant today as they were then.  Just as back then it was Jews and Blacks today we see hate crimes for the Muslims and other races. This story was both beautiful and heartbreaking to see what people went through.  


The story itself did very well with the topics of racism/anti-semitism. I think the author used grace when writing this title.   

The characters also shined I loved how Ruth grew during the pages and I would love to see where she goes once she's an adult. 

This #OwnVoices story is one that you will not soon forget.  




“Every character is memorable and complex, and the plot quickly becomes engrossing . . . the characters' moral decisions are so complicated and so surprising that many people will be kept spellbound by even the tiniest detail. Riveting.”

Kirkus Reviews


“Carlton does an excellent job of mixing the personal with the historical . . . Ruth crisply relays her conflicted feelings, the tense situations, and characters who are well-shaded and occasionally surprising.”
Booklist



“A gorgeous story about a teenage girl finding her voice in the face of hate, heartbreak, and injustice.”
Nova Ren Suma, #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Room Away from the Wolves
“Susan Kaplan Carlton’s snapshot of 1958 Atlanta is both exquisite and harrowing, and I will hold it in my heart for a long time.”
Rachel Lynn Solomon, author of You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone and Our Year of Maybe






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