Sold on a Monday
On Sale Aug 28th!
The scrawled sign, peddling young siblings on a farmhouse porch, captures the desperation sweeping the country in 1931. It's an era of breadlines, bank runs, and impossible choices.
For struggling reporter Ellis Reed, the gut-wrenching scene evokes memories of his family's dark past. He snaps a photograph of the children, not meant for publication. But when the image leads to his big break, the consequences are devastating in ways he never imagined.
Haunted by secrets of her own, secretary Lillian Palmer sees more in the picture than a good story and is soon drawn into the fray. Together, the two set out to right a wrongdoing and mend a fractured family, at the risk of everything they value.
Inspired by an actual newspaper photo that stunned readers across the nation, this touching novel explores the tale within the frame and behind the lens—a journey of ambition, love, and the far-reaching effects of our actions.
Behind the Story
For the characters in this story, their journey all started with a picture—and the same can rightly be said of my endeavor to write this book. When I first stumbled upon an old newspaper photograph of four young siblings huddled on the steps of an apartment building, their mother shielding her face from the camera, the sign in the foreground stunned me.
4 CHILDREN FOR SALE, it read. INQUIRE WITHIN.
The photo had first appeared in The Vidette-Messenger in 1948 and, in a brief caption, claimed to exhibit the desperation of a family in Chicago. As a mom myself, I wondered what could have possibly pushed their mother, or both parents, to that point. In the direst of times, I could fathom perhaps having to make such a heartbreaking choice for the sake of the children. But why on earth ask for money in return? Possible answers to that question soon became the foundation of Sold on a Monday.