“KRISTINA MCMORRIS is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. Her novels have garnered more than two dozen literary awards and nominations, including the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, RWA’s RITA® Award, and a Goodreads Choice Award for Best Historical Fiction. Inspired by true personal and historical accounts, her works of fiction have been published by Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, and Kensington Books. Her forthcoming novel, Sold on a Monday (Sourcebooks Landmark, 8-28-18), follows her widely praised The Edge of Lost, The Pieces We Keep, Bridge of Scarlet Leaves, and Letters from Home.”
In her latest novel, Kristina McMorris tells the story of Ellis, the unconventional newspaperman assigned to the women’s pages- a “sob sister.” This was a humiliating assignment for Ellis, on several accounts, but also led the author to read about the first “real” male editor of the women’s page at the Toronto Star- he was nicknamed Nellie, as in Nellie Bly. This tidbit led the Grateful Reader to her own research and so I have included a link for you to read more about this famous woman journalist.
Grateful Reader Review by Dorothy Schwab
“In 1887, Nellie Bly stormed into the office of the New York World, one of the leading newspapers in the country. She expressed interest in writing a story on the immigrant experience in the United States. Although, the editor declined her story he challenged Bly to investigate one of New York’s most notorious mental hospitals. Bly not only accepted the challenge, she decided to feign mental illness to gain admission and expose how patients were treated. With this courageous and bold act Bly cemented her legacy as one of the foremost female journalists in history. “
By Arlisha R. Norwood, NWHM Fellow | 2017
Nellie Bly 1864-1922
Do you believe that one single decision in your life can spur a series of significant unforeseen effects? As in a “domino effect?” Whether you agreed yes, immediately, or the question gave you “pause to ponder;” after reading Sold on a Monday, you may think differently. The Depression era setting and the newspaper copy room as a backdrop make for a compelling tale involving the photograph of dirty, hungry looking children slumped on the steps of a rundown dwelling with the mother on the porch behind them; seeming to shield her face in embarrassment. What glues the readers’ eyes to the newspaper is the sign that says,”Children For Sale!” The woman in the picture is Geraldine Dillard; she makes some gut wrenching decisions regarding her children, the kind which no parent should face. The paths of reporter Ellis, assigned to the “women’s pages,” and Lilly, a single career woman cross, and together, they get themselves involved in some harrowing, edge of law breaking experiences. The journey of these three characters all started with the picture in the newspaper. Kristina McMorris will take the reader on quite a ride of emotions; dealing with guilt, grief, and decisions and judgments based on morals and “what’s right.” Be ready for reflection on the choices and actions of Geraldine, Ellis, and Lilly; and then perhaps some grappling and realizations regarding some of your own choices. The Grateful Reader appreciates books with characters and situations that resonate and linger for a lengthy time. This novel earns all the stars!