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About No One Ever Asked

Challenging perceptions of discrimination and prejudice, this emotionally resonant drama for readers of Lisa Wingate and Jodi Picoult explores three different women navigating challenges in a changing school district--and in their lives.

When an impoverished school district loses its accreditation and the affluent community of Crystal Ridge has no choice but to open their school doors, the lives of three very different women converge: Camille Gray--the wife of an executive, mother of three, long-standing PTA chairwoman and champion fundraiser--faced with a shocking discovery that threatens to tear her picture-perfect world apart at the seams. Jen Covington, the career nurse whose long, painful journey to motherhood finally resulted in adoption but she is struggling with a happily-ever-after so much harder than she anticipated. Twenty-two-year-old Anaya Jones--the first woman in her family to graduate college and a brand new teacher at Crystal Ridge's top elementary school, unprepared for the powder-keg situation she's stepped into. Tensions rise within and without, culminating in an unforeseen event that impacts them all. This story explores the implicit biases impacting American society, and asks the ultimate question: What does it mean to be human? Why are we so quick to put labels on each other and categorize people as "this" or "that", when such complexity exists in each person?

Praise

“Humble. Powerful. Awakening. No One Ever Asked unapologetically invites its reader into a journey of historical significance and soul discovery. A trek which, once taken, you won’t come back from.”
—Mary Weber, author of The Evaporation of Sofi Snow

“Emotionally resonant and brimming with hope, No One Ever Asked is an intimate portrayal of a community in chaos. As Katie Ganshert employs alternating perspectives and vastly different viewpoints, she dives deep into fraught themes of race, adoption, social justice, infidelity, friendship, and more. This gripping story is written with sensitivity and grace, and it will stay with readers long after the final page is turned. A heart-changing, transformative work!”
—Nicole Baart, author of Little Broken Things

No One Ever Asked is that rare breed of story that lingers in your heart and mind long after the final page is turned. Gut wrenching and achingly authentic, this story lays bare the profound intricacies of racial tension. Katie Ganshert is a gifted wordsmith with an uncanny ability to elicit the emotions her characters are experiencing in the reader. This evocative and incisive human drama will not leave you unmoved—a cautionary tale infused with hope. With a handful of stellar novels already to her credit, Ganshert has raised the bar once again. No One Ever Asked has my highest recommendation.”
—Rel Mollet, relzreviewz.com

About Katie Ganshert

KATIE GANSHERT is the author of several novels and works of short fiction, including the Christy Award-winning A Broken Kind of Beautiful and Carol Award-winner, The Art of Losing Yourself. Katie lives in eastern Iowa with her family.

Product Details

384 pages | Published by WaterBrook

On Sale Date: Apr 3, 2018

Trim Size: 5-1/2 x 8-1/4

Carton Quantity: 24

Sneak Peek

Read the first chapter of No One Ever Asked. Challenging perceptions of discrimination and prejudice, this emotionally resonant drama for readers of Lisa Wingate and Jodi Picoult explores three different women navigating challenges in a changing school district--and in their lives. When an impoverished school district loses its accreditation and the affluent community of Crystal Ridge has no choice but to open their school doors, the lives of three very different women converge. Camille Gray--the wife of an executive, mother of three, long-standing PTA chairwoman and champion fundraiser--faced with a shocking discovery that threatens to tear her picture-perfect world apart at the seams. Jen Covington, the career nurse whose long, painful journey to motherhood finally resulted in adoption but she is struggling with a happily-ever-after so much harder than she anticipated. Twenty-two-year-old Anaya Jones--the first woman in her family to graduate college and a brand new teacher at Crystal Ridge's top elementary school, unprepared for the powder-keg situation she's stepped into. Tensions rise within and without, culminating in an unforeseen event that impacts them all. This story explores the implicit biases impacting American society, and asks the ultimate question: What does it mean to be human? Why are we so quick to put labels on each other and categorize people as "this" or "that", when such complexity exists in each person?

By Lydia Kenyon

I really enjoyed this book. I lost this book in a pile of books that I got from the library, so it took me way too long to finally read it but sooo worth it! I've only read one other book by this author, so in some ways it can feel like a gamble when choosing another book by an author you've liked a book by...if that makes sense.

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By Candice Banty

I'm very glad I went against my instinct and read the book, but unfortunately the cover didn't really draw my attention. I usually judge books but what catches my eye. The book is definitely something that should be read especially with what is going on in society today.

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By Nora St Laurent

Crystal Ridge school has no choice but to open their doors to bussed students. It's the law. Camille PTA chairwoman with three children, Jen Covington a career woman who has recently adopted a girl from south Africa and realizes mother hood is harder than she'd realized and Anaya Jones who is the first woman to graduate college in her family has a brand-new job teaching at Crystal Ridges top elementary school for white rich kids. This...

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By Renae McBrian

I wasn't entirely sure what i was getting into this who's book, since it was listed under "faith" and also under "fiction". But the premise was interesting so I have it a try. And I am really glad that I did. The narrative follows a group of women from different ways of life, all banding together for the same goal. I liked that the changes of point of view was easy to follow, and I felt it all came together nicely in the end.

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By Brenda Rupp

I did enjoy reading this book as I was involved in the first segregation of Pontiac I was bussed over to the other side of town.  I didn't like it as the schools weren't as clean and well kept up.  I didn't really love getting mixed in with kids from that side of town at first but by the time I got the second school on my side of town with a mixed group I found that I had some friends in some of the classes that were black.  I...

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