The racially-charged prejudice of the deep South forces eighteen-year-old Alison Tillman to confront societal norms—and her own beliefs—when she discovers the body of a hate crime victim, and the specter of forbidden love turns her safe, comfortable world upside down.
Alison has called Forrest Town, Arkansas home for the past eighteen years. Her mother’s Blue Bonnet meetings, her father toiling night and day on the family farm, and the division of life between the whites and the blacks are all Alison knows. The winter of 1967, just a few months before marrying her high school sweetheart, Alison finds the body of a black man floating in the river, and she begins to view her existence with new perspective. The oppression and hate of the south, the ugliness she once was able to avert her eyes from, now demands her attention.
When a secretive friendship with a young black man takes an unexpected romantic turn, Alison is forced to choose between her predetermined future, and the dangerous path that her heart yearns for.
HAVE NO SHAME is an emotionally compelling coming of age novel featuring a young woman who cannot reconcile the life she wants with the one she’s been brought up to live.Have No Shame will resonate with anyone who has ever fallen in love, and those who have been forced to choose between what they know in their hearts to be true, and what others would like them to believe.
Indie Reader’s 2013
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“…a stunningly impactful read.” ~ Rabid Reader Reviews
“A gripping and poignant novel dealing with a subject once taboo in American society.” ~ Hagerstown Magazine
“Have No Shame is a powerful testimony to love and the progressive, logical evolution of social consciousness, with an outcome that readers will find engrossing, unexpected, and ultimately eye-opening.” ~ Midwest Book Review
“A historical novel of love and its triumph, told with a unique and compelling voice.” ~ Bestselling Author Kathleen Shoop
“HAVE NO SHAME is an amazing American classic yet to be recognized” ~ Marbeth Skwarczynski
“Have No Shame is a delightful eye opener and a rather poignant book that everyone everywhere should put on their ‘must-read’ lists.” ~ Readers’ Favorite
“A book that brings the evilness of racial bigotry to light, through the eyes of one awakening to its reality.” ~ Cindy Smith, Avid reader
“[HAVE NO SHAME] Perfectly catches the South at the dawning of the Civil Rights Movement. Melissa Foster takes us on an adventure that twists and turns unpredictably to a tense climax that renders this novel a true page-turner. This is undoubtedly the best novel I have read in a long time.” ~ Roderick Craig Low, author of Promises of Love and Good Behaviour
“A dynamic and heartwarming tale of young love, giving testament to those who struggled so we can live in an integrated society.” ~ Author Rachelle Ayala