The Past is the Present

History comes alive with characters who you will miss when the novel is over, and characters you will mourn when they don’t make it to the last chapter. Follow it up with dynamic essays about the issues within the book that will stick with you long after you put it down.

In this gripping” New York Times” bestseller, Kathleen Grissom brings to life a thriving plantation in Virginia in the decades before the Civil War, where a dark secret threatens to expose the best and worst in everyone tied to the estate.

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Coming of Age and Coming Out

Growing up is hard to do, especially when you don’t fit in.

 Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking.

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