kristina McMorris

Sold on a Monday

On Sale Aug 28th!

2 chidlren for sale

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.

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Behind the Story

farmhouseFor 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.


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.


"A vivid and original story... McMorris brilliantly chronicles the way in which a moment's fateful choice can result in a lifetime of harrowing consequences. A masterpiece that poignantly echoes universal themes of loss and redemption, Sold on a Monday is both heartfelt and heartbreaking."
Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Orphan's Tale
"With her signature style, Kristina McMorris once again plucks a devastating heartstring. A real-life photograph stands as evidence to the heart of this novel: truth revealed, forgiveness found, and a story never to be forgotten."
Sarah McCoy, New York Times bestselling author of The Baker's Daughter
"McMorris shines in this poignant and compulsively readable novel... Based upon a haunting historical photograph, and told with finesse and compassion, this story will linger long after the pages have all been turned."
Stephanie Dray, New York Times bestselling author of America's First Daughter