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Jun 11, 2024 | ISBN 9780593866405 | 481 Minutes

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★ ”A highly effective story of a young man’s journey in a time simmering with racial change and resistance.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

★ ”[A] searing work. Through Calvin’s perceptive and sincere first-person narration, Johnson examines the complexities of passing privilege and highlights the extreme lengths that those in power will go to uphold white supremacy. “ —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“This is a solid portrait of a shameful time in U.S. history as well as a dynamic narrative portraying the impacts on everyday people.” —Booklist

This title deserves to reside alongside other books that invoke open discussions of race and social justice, but it also calls for the attention of anyone who recognizes the absurdity of punishment simply for existing as they are.” —The Bulletin

“Tension is evident from the beginning to the frenetic end of this page-turning novel, which weaves historical events into the narrative.” —The Horn Book

Meticulously researched and expertly crafted, The Color of a Lie overflows with rage and courage. Johnson effortlessly balances the immense weight of secrets and bloody history in a story that still sings with love and hope. This should be required reading.” —Jas Hammonds, award-winning author of We Deserve Monuments
“Heart-pounding. Gut-wrenching. A fast-paced historical thriller both grappling with the horror of segregated America and celebrating the bravery of everyday citizens fighting for a better world–an absolute must for every bookshelf.” —Andrew Joseph White, New York Times Bestselling and award-winning Author of The Spirit Bares Its Teeth and Hell Followed With Us
“Kim Johnson’s THE COLOR OF A LIE is the triumphant story of one young man’s longing to unleash his true self in a world that refuses to see beyond the color of his skin. This book is an indictment of our past, a caution for our present, and the hope for the shared humanity of our American future.” —Sharon Cameron, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of The Light in Hidden Places
History comes alive in this unforgettable novel about one young man’s quest to forge his own identity in the face of prejudice and terror. Like all great books about white passing, THE COLOR OF A LIE holds a canny mirror to America’s past–and reflects a searing, enduring truth.” —Kelly McWilliams, author of MIRROR GIRLS

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