Eight Cousins Pick of the Year 2014
Lies We Tell Ourselves
is a phenomenal story of two high-school seniors experiencing
desegregation for the first time in their Virginia school. Told from
alternating perspectives, Sarah and Linda are both intelligent, fierce,
and passionate. Their dialogue, debates, and conversations about
segregation, racism, gender identity, and social justice are
unapologetic and thought-provoking. The story provides no easy
solutions, but instead offers a solid and responsible ending that leaves
hope for both girls to find a better future, while clearly
acknowledging that there is still much left for us to do.
In 1959 Virginia, the lives of two girls on opposite sides of the battle for civil rights will be changed forever. Sarah Dunbar is one of the first black students to attend the previously all-white Jefferson High School. An honors student at her old school, she is put into remedial classes, spit on and tormented daily. Linda Hairston is the daughter of one of the town's most vocal opponents of school integration. She has been taught all her life that the races should be kept "separate but equal." Forced to work together on a school project, Sarah and Linda must confront harsh truths about race, power and how they really feel about one another. Boldly realistic and emotionally compelling, Lies We Tell Ourselves is a brave and stunning novel about finding truth amid the lies, and finding your voice even when others are determined to silence it.