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Sold on a Monday

by Kristina McMorris

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Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris
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  • Published in USA  Aug 2018
    352 pages
    Genre: Historical Fiction

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  • Shawna (TX)

    Ever Wondered About an Old Photograph?
    We've all seen newspaper photographs from the 1930's and 40's, but to take that photo and create a backstory is brilliant! McMorris creates a captivating story based on a photograph she saw. What led a woman to create a sign stating 2 children for sale? Are they sold? What happens next? If you enjoy Christina Baker Kline Orphan Train or A Piece of the World, read Sold on a Monday. There are several topics for book clubs to discuss including what would you do in desperate circumstances and the responsibility and integrity of the press.
  • Melissa S. (Rowland, NC)

    Redemptive Love
    "Sold On A Monday" starts as a story of depression and desperation. During a time in our country's history when jobs, money, and food are extremely scarce, especially in rural areas, the desperation of a family so poor they're feeling forced to sell their children weighs extremely heavy on the reader. As a mother, my heart stopped when I read the sign "2 children for sale." McMorris quickly takes her reader from the heavy weight of poverty and its very sad consequences to a page- turning harrowing adventure that proves Henrik Ibsen's words, "A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed." These words ring true over and over again throughout the novel. Ellis, a creator of words, shifts the whole focus of his life to undo one deed that his words cannot fix.

    Throughout the novel, the reader witnesses, not only the perseverance of human nature, but also how good intentions can make, destroy, and rebuild lives. McMorris takes a group of people who, for the most part, are just skating through life and drops a "deed" so pivotal amongst them, they are forever changed. McMorris wins the hard-fought battle to give voice to those who have no voice – the poor, the unwed mothers, and cast away children. Through a harrowing adventure, that keeps the reader turning the pages well into the late-night hours, Ellis and Lily manage undo a horrible injustice and by acting solely for the benefit of others, they earn the emotional rewards of a deed well done.
  • Kay D. (Strongsville, OH)

    Thought Provoking on Multiple Layers
    Desperate times spawn desperate acts in a variety of ways. "Sold on a Monday" by Kristina McMorris explores a single act and how it impacts various individuals and their related lives and secrets. A young reporter "creates" a photograph to replace one that was destroyed using different kids, a different location and includes a fleeting glimpse of their mother along with a "children for sale" sign taken in the early 1930s. When the image gets major exposure in multiple papers, the reporter's career takes off, however, there are negative consequences for the kids and their mom, as well as for the reporter. Ms. McMorris spins a story that is a quick read with several storylines wound together. Themes of secrets and truths abound in this quick moving novel and provide a satisfying read.
  • Pamela B. (Fallston, MD)

    Sold on a Sunday
    I found myself quickly invested in the main characters in the book, and cared what happened to them. This empathy for the characters compelled me to keep reading at a faster pace.

    The use of sensory adjectives and descriptions was well done and I often felt as though I was right there, in the depression with the characters.

    The author did a fine job of describing the bleak circumstances that many faced during the depression, from poverty, hunger and disease.

    This book has enough moral conundrums to make it a good candidate for book club discussions. What kept me from giving the book a higher rating was the predictability of the endings.
  • Patricia E. (Sugarcreek, OH)

    Depression-era Philadelphia serves as the backdrop for this heart wrenching yet ultimately satisfying novel. Much of the plot involves the lives of a newspaper staff and the principle of truth, both in journalism and in the lives of the two main characters. These characters are flawed and secretive but trying to live up to standards set by their families. They become involved in the lives of children who are sold by their parents as a way out of poverty. As unthinkable as this practice seems to the reader, a picture of a sign advertising such a sale served as the author's motivation to write "Sold on a Monday."

    I started the book knowing that the subject matter would be difficult, but McMorris handles is with sensitivity. This is as much a story of loving families as it is of lost children. It is a book that doesn't offer easy answers to difficult situations and lends itself to the kind of discussion most book clubs would enjoy.
  • DeAnn A. (Denver, CO)

    Heartbreaking yet Inspiring Story
    Kristina McMorris focuses this Depression-era story on two aspiring journalists, both trying to make their way up in the newspaper world. We have Ellis, who snaps a picture of two children with the "2 Children for Sale" sign that propels his career ahead. The other journalist is Lillian who is toiling away as the Chief's secretary, but she really wants to write more -- including her own column. The two journalists work to unravel the fate of the children in the photograph and there is some suspense in the second half. I liked these two characters, but part of me really wishes that the story had focused on the family in the picture.

    The author does a great job painting the picture of what newsrooms were like during this time and there are some other elements involved in the story -- speakeasies, the mob, boarding houses, society's view of unwed mothers, mental illness, and factory/mining conditions.

    I recommend this sweet book to people that like historical books, it reminded me a bit of "Love and Other Consolation Prizes" and "Before We Were Yours."
  • Virginia M. (San Antonio, TX)

    What it could have been
    I have some positive things to say about Sold on a Monday but I also want to talk about certain things about the book that bothered me.

    First it is an interesting story although I think that no one is really going to be surprised by the "living happily ever after" ending. I would also call it an easy read where I could relate to the life experiences of the two main characters and I never lost interest as I read.

    Ellis is a young man trying to get ahead on his job as a reporter at a newspaper. He seems to be driven by a desire to make good in order to prove his worth to his father. He has a personal hobby of taking pictures and one day as he was passing through a rural area he took a picture of two boys on the porch of a weathered farmhouse. Later he discovers that there was a sign leaning against the porch of that house advertising that the boys are for sale. Then, through a series of circumstances, Ellis makes an unfortunate decision and the deception created by that decision haunts him as time goes by. It is a good illustration of the old adage: Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when once we practice to deceive.

    Lily is employed as a secretary at the same newspaper as Ellis. She has been living a lie in an effort to hide the existence of her young son who was conceived on the night of a dream date with a handsome young man. Lilly planned to give her baby up for adoption but she could not go through with that plan. Now she dreams of better paying job so that she can finally afford to live together as a family with her young son. Then, Lily unwittingly becomes a force in the deception that Ellis has created.

    I think the author does a good job developing those two characters. I think the issues of deception, the love of a mother for her child, and the impacts that choices have on our life give the story some depth and the budding romance between Ellis and Lily gives it warmth. As another positive, I think the author succeeds in describing the stressful deadline driven life of reporters in the newspaper business.

    The rest of the story is wrapped around those two people and that photograph and, as far as I am concerned, therein lies the problem that I had with the book. I think the author should have told us more about the two children and their mother that are involved in the story. The story of Ellis and Lily could have been told in an easy reading summer read – but the issues of what is treated as a side story could have made this a best seller. As written, we have very little opportunity to really experience the emotional wounds and despairs of those three individuals as it happens.
    And if that side story has been brought front and center, the historical aspect of Great Depression would have come to life with the reader being able to sense the real difficulties of life during that period. After all it was that setting that made me want to read this book. I was not expecting another love story – I was expecting this to primarily be a historical novel about how hard times force tough decisions.

    In summary, I think it was a good book and I enjoyed reading it and feel fortunate to have been given the opportunity to tell others about it. But I think the opportunity was there for the author to create a better book maybe even reaching up and making it one of the best.


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