My rating: 4 of 5 stars
1931, young journalist/photographer, Ellis Read, on his way back to Philadelphia from his assignment stops in a village and takes a little walk. Nearby, he notices a house, two young kids on the steps with a sign “2 children for sale”. In a shocking state Ellis snaps the photo, returns to his vehicle and continues his journey.
Days later Lillian Palmer, newspaper chief’s secretary, comes upon a photo and brings it to her boss’s attention. Ellis is offered to write an article and is given a good spot in the newspaper. And just like that, Ellis Read gets the spotlight and fame he was longing for.
The story changes Ellis’s life for the better, creating new opportunities for his professional career, however, the truth behind the photo hovers over his head. And shortly after Read learns how his photo and an article changed the lives of children in the photo.
How late is too late to tell the truth and make thing right?
The book is based on the true story and photograph that was published in Chicago in 1948. Both stories are touching and worth reading. Thank you, Kristina McMorris for bringing an attention to this sensitive subject, and for writing this wonderful novel.