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Historic novel inspired by true event to be presented by author at West Linn library May 1

Sold on a Monday was inspired by a photograph in a 1948 newspaper of four children sitting by a sign which read 4 children for sale.

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West Linn Public Library will host local author Kristina McMorris for a discussion of her new book "Sold on a Monday" at 6:30 p.m. May 1 at the library, 1595 Burns St., West Lin.

The book is inspired by a 1948 newspaper photo of four children behind a sign reading "4 children for sale."

"My mind spun on scenarios, ranging from coldhearted to compassionate, with many landing somewhere in between," McMorris said. As she learned more about the story behind the photo the premise of the book took shape.

The novel takes place in 1931, near Philadelphia, where reporter Ellis Reed photographs a pair of young siblings on a farmhouse porch next to the sign: "2 children for sale." The photo isn't meant for publication, but when it appears in the paper the consequences are devastating. Together with secretary Lillian Palmer he sets out to fix the damage and mend a fractured family.

COURTESY PHOTOS - Local author Kristina McMorris will discuss her new book Sold on a Monday at the West Linn Public Library May 1.

Kristina McMorris is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. Inspired by true personal and historical accounts, her novels have garnered more than 20 national literary awards and include "Letters from Home," "Bridge of Scarlet Leaves," "The Pieces We Keep," and "The Edge of Lost," in addition to novellas in the anthologies "A Winter Wonderland" and "Grand Central." The event is free.

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