Needing to reconnect with the baby she gave up for adoption years earlier, an Ivy League-educated Black engineer uncovers devastating family secrets before her bond with a young white misfit scandalizes her racially torn community.
It takes tremendous talent to seamlessly combine social commentary with a powder keg of a plot, and Nancy Johnson accomplishes just that in her gripping debut novel, The Kindest Lie, addressing issues of race, class, privilege and upward mobility ... Don’t miss this powerful debut.
... a remarkable, thought-provoking, and brilliantly written book that delves into race relations, family ties, unconditional love, and what it means to be Black in America ... Peering into poverty, injustice, family ties, and wholehearted love, Johnson's book will open your eyes to what it means to live the American Dream.
... while it provides a glimpse of racial travesties along with familial and class clashes, there is nothing new or nuanced adding to what we know historically and in this time of heightened awareness. ... What we are likely to remember about this story is a selfish character and stereotypes that do little to enlighten.