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Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

Book Summary

This book deals with integration of a fictional Virginia school, and we see the perspective of one of ten integrating students, as well as the white daughter of a journalist who regularly editorializes in favor of segregation.

Lies We Tell Ourselves book cover
Lies We Tell Ourselves

Book Review

The brilliance of this book is that each character is shown to be more than someone dealing with integration in Virginia in 1959. Although this event drives the plot and prompts Sarah and Linda to reflect about who they are and what is possible for their lives, they have fully developed characters with complex family relationships, too. While there are a couple of questionable character motivations, this book is full of worthwhile discussion topics. It's not to be missed.

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • Inequality; Social Invisibility
  • Racism; Bullying
  • Perseverance
  • Being True to Yourself
  • Family Relationships
  • Societal Expectations
  • Romance

Discussion Questions for this book:

The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.

**Questions coming soon**

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