In the Neighborhood of True

By: Susan Kaplan Carlton

After her father’s death, Ruth Robb and her family transplant themselves in the summer of 1958 from New York City to Atlanta—the land of debutantes, sweet tea, and the Ku Klux Klan. In her new hometown, Ruth quickly figures out she can be Jewish or she can be popular, but she can’t be both. Eager to fit in with the blond girls in the “pastel posse,” Ruth decides to hide her religion. Before she knows it, she is falling for the handsome and charming Davis and sipping Cokes with him and his friends at the all-white, all-Christian Club. Does it matter that Ruth’s mother makes her attend services at the local synagogue every week? Not as long as nobody outside her family knows the truth. At temple Ruth meets Max, who is serious and intense about the fight for social justice, and now she is caught between two worlds, two religions, and two boys. But when a violent hate crime brings the different parts of Ruth’s life into sharp conflict, she will have to choose between all she’s come to love about her new life and standing up for what she believes.

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ISBN: 9781616208608

JLG Release: Jul 2019

Sensitive Areas: Homophobic slur, Mild language, Racism, Strong sexual themes, Underage drinking, Smoking, Antisemitism
Topics: Jews , Antisemitism , Hate crimes , Atlanta, Georgia , Twentieth-century US history

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July 2019



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8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

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Level 0; Points: 0;

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Hardcover edition



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Homophobic slur, Mild language, Racism, Strong sexual themes, Underage drinking, Smoking, Antisemitism


Jews, Antisemitism, Hate crimes, Atlanta, Georgia, Twentieth-century US history,

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