HAVE NO SHAME (When civil rights and forbidden love collide) [NOOK Book]

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HAVE NO SHAME is a New York Times & USA Today Bestseller

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, ...
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HAVE NO SHAME (When civil rights and forbidden love collide)

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Overview

HAVE NO SHAME is a New York Times & USA Today Bestseller

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.

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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.

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"HAVE NO SHAME will resonate with readers who enjoyed THE HELP and THE KITCHEN HOUSE."
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Editorial Reviews

Hagerstown Magazine - Book Reviewer
"A gripping and poignant novel dealing with a subject once taboo in American society."
Midwest Book Review - Diane Donovan
"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."
Bestselling Author - Kathleen Shoop
"A historical novel of love and its triumph, told with a unique and compelling voice."
Author - Roderick Craig Low
"[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."
International Bestseller - M. J. Rose
What sets Melissa Foster apart are her compelling characters who you care about... desperately. This is psychological suspense at its most chilling. I dare you to read the first chapter and not be hooked.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016516851
  • Publisher: World Literary Press
  • Publication date: 4/12/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 26,676
  • File size: 871 KB

Meet the Author

NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes contemporary romance, contemporary women's fiction, romantic suspense, thrillers, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women's Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Café. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary's Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.

Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children, and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa's interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.

Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa on The Women's Nest or her personal website.

"What sets Melissa Foster apart are her compelling characters who you care about... desperately. I dare you to read the first chapter and not be hooked." International bestseller, M.J. Rose

"Melissa Foster is a wonderful connector of readers and books, a friend of authors, and a tireless advocate for women. She is the real deal"--Author Jennie Shortridge
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted April 13, 2013

    It takes a certain amount of courage to write in the first perso

    It takes a certain amount of courage to write in the first person but Melissa Foster is an accomplished writer and her latest book, Have No Shame, carries it off well.
    Eighteen year old Alison Tillman has lived in a small town in Arkansas all her life and has come to accept racial division, and the contempt that accompanies it, as the norm. But the gruesome discovery of a corpse; and her fiancé, Jimmy Lee’s intense racial hatred begins to open her eyes to a world radically different to her own.
    Melissa’s ability to accompany Alison through the slow metamorphosis is fascinating – especially to one, like myself, who was brought up in Apartheid South Africa and had to reach a similar awakening. The deterioration of Alison’s marriage and the indifferent nature of Jimmy Lee to anyone’s feelings beyond his own, bring Alison forcefully into the adult world. The tension, which held me until the climax, was that the reader becomes aware that Alison’s dark secret has an inevitable outcome. The unknown factor is how it will come to light.
    Have No Shame is a quick but intense read and will certainly meet with a well-earned response.
    Lyn J Pickering

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 24, 2013

    When it comes to civil rights, I have to admit that this is some

    When it comes to civil rights, I have to admit that this is something that really stirs my soul deep within me.  I never get tired of reading about it, watching films about it, or just studying it.  And no matter what, I am always newly horrified at the atrocities my race did to others only because of the color of their skin.  And Melissa Foster has written a fantastic novella that captures a time in our history that should never be forgotten.




    The story told within these pages is a rollercoaster of emotions, and I connected with the story on a very deep level.  The fact that the story is told in first person makes it even more involving.  The author has done something quite unique in that she has offered two versions of the story.  I read the first version without the Southern dialect, but there was the option to read it with the Southern dialect.  I did not attempt the second reading.  I am pretty sure I could have, but I can assure you that it would have taken me much longer to do so.




    I tried to think of any criticisms to record concerning this book, and I really have very little to say in this area.  There was some profanity, but  I am so grateful that the Lord's name was never used in an inappropriate fashion.  I am grateful that the author chose not to give any details of sexual encounters although they occurred.  I can't really fault the characters for being intimate outside marriage.  This is historical fiction, and I am sure those kinds of things went on.  There are derogatory terms used in the book, but these terms are historical in nature.  I honestly did not feel offended as I read this book, and that is a good sign.




    What did the author do right in the book?  Everything!  I almost couldn't put the story down, and you will find that the book ends sooner than you expected.  The characterization was outstanding, and I never struggled to keep any details within the book straight.  I hope to read more from this author in the future.




    I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.  I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2013

    I¿ve been following this author on twitter for a long time, and

    I’ve been following this author on twitter for a long time, and this is the first time I have read her writing. I am now a fan and will be reading everything she has written and writes in the future. Her style is phenomenal. This is an incredibly hard subject to write, read and especially to have lived. Even today people are still living this subject matter. Racism, murder, injustice - it is horrid, it is unbelievable, it hurts - and Foster has captured it through character, story line and vision.




    Alison Tillman faces several personal struggles and situations which strip her of the youthful beliefs we all cherish, until the world infringes with reality. She finds the body of a black man, floating on the river waters, and she knows he’s been murdered. She knows other things too, that change her world and challenger her views. Then she becomes friends with a young black man - in the early and mid 60’s - a time of race turmoil in America - which further imperils everything she knew about social justice, moral and ethical choices, and people.




    This is the kind of book that is hard to read because so much of it screams of how far we haven’t come from there, and it is painful; yet much of it speaks to how far we have endeavored to change, and it is important. Melissa Foster is an excellent writer. Have No Shame is definitely on my “You cannot borrow this, you have to get your own” list.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 21, 2013

    What happens when love changes your way of thinking... ....for

    What happens when love changes your way of thinking...

    ....for Allison Tillman, her world changes when she sees a body floating in the river. Everything she has ever know, how blacks and whites lived separately and that was just fine...till it wasn't.
    This book is a good read and gives us some incite into life in 1967 Arkansas and tell the story of how falling in love and fighting for that love is a good thing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 16, 2013

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    Division is a street dividing the colored side of town from the

    Division is a street dividing the colored side of town from the white. And for all the years I’ve lived in the States, it never occurred to me that’s what the name might mean. Melissa Foster’s Have No Shame takes its characters across that line, first with accidental meetings, then clandestine plans, and then in a rush from danger to hope.

    The story’s told in two versions in this ebook—an intriguing and clever use of electronic format. One version includes dialect in the text while the other sticks to more conventional spellings and word endings. I chose to read the latter since I’m easily frustrated by needing to decipher words, but I skipped through the dialect version afterward and either would have been a good well-flowing read.

    Told in first person, the slightly formal tone gives a convincing feel of the protagonist’s separation from family and society. She’s soon to be married, and she doesn’t like to displease, but her fiancé engages in disturbing activities at night, and black farm laborers suffer at his hands. A dead body, unpleasant rumors, honest suspicion and an accidental meeting turn Alison’s thoughts on their head, but she continues trying to persuade herself to do what her family says is right.

    The reader will see the twist coming long before its culmination but the character’s blind adherence to convention and expectations is entirely plausible, and she doesn’t spare her danger a thought until it happens. Then there are lessons to be learned all around, and those who choose not to see might have to open their eyes after all.

    Set in a sadly convincing South during the Civil Rights Movement, and including an equally convincing trip to the North, Melissa Foster’s Have No Shame holds a candle to those dark corners where shame is simply a question of not looking, and invites us to see. It’s a fast-flowing, smoothly told story which brings the era and its people to life and shows the frail human steps that lead to hope.

    Disclosure: The author kindly gave me a free ecopy of her novel, even though I told her it would be a while before I could review it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 16, 2013

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    This is a wonderfully written book which tells a very compelling

    This is a wonderfully written book which tells a very compelling story.  I grew was a child in California in the 60's, so my view growing up of the civil rights movement was much different from other places in the country.  This story takes a realistic view of small town racial bigotry in 1967, in a time where our nation faced the conflicts of war, and conflicts of culture at home.  Sometimes the events of that time were gruesome, and the author paints these scenes accurately and realistically.  The author does a wonderful job of building characters that you are interested in, and also villainous characters that you hate.  You get to see the growth of several characters through their trials, and experiences of life.  All in all, this book earns four stars for me, as it is insightful, well written, and reflective.  Well done, Melissa!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 13, 2013

    I was lucky to be given the chance to read the ARC of "Ha

    I was lucky to be given the chance to read the ARC of

    "Have No Shame" and immediately from the start of

    reading it stepped into another time, country and society.

    It is filled with exellent historic detail and depth of the

    emotional struggle of a girl becoming a woman, who is

    attempting to understand intergenerational differences,

    and why some people will not change. I found it to be a

    fabulous read. I love the way it is written, the feelings of

    the protaganist and her personality are immediately

    picked up through the first few pages. Her anguish

    between right and wrong, loyalty and duty are painfully

    felt as we become Alison and feel every tormented

    emotion she carries with her. Brutally honest and eye

    opening, but lovingly told to show how strong the human

    soul is. Excellently done.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 13, 2013

    Traces of Kara is a must read book. Melissa Foster has done it a

    Traces of Kara is a must read book. Melissa Foster has done it again with this psychological thriller! Wow! It took me to so many places. The emotional ride this story takes the reader is out of this world. Kara Knight takes you into a very deep journey. This is the kind of character that you as the reader root on and admire. This is one pychological thriller that really digs into one's own soul. Bravo Melissa Foster!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2014

    Great Book

    Great book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2014

    Suspenseful

    A courageous story of love that transcends racial inequality.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2014

    Tense

    Great story of a young woman's life in a small southern town. Racially charged with the civil rights movement in the 60's. Characters are colorfully drawn and the emotions intensely descriptive

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2014

    It was ok

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2014

    Must Read

    Could not put it down. Amazingly detailed. Definitely a must read. I loved it from page one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

    Great read !!!!

    Easy read impecable details

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  • Posted December 27, 2013

    Good read

    Well written and interesting.

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  • Posted December 20, 2013

    Highly recommended

    I'm in a book club with some friends and this was one of the books, I didn't think I would like it, but really enjoyed it. Very good book, well written. Hope you like it as much as me

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2013

    Excellent read!

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I highly recommend it. Great job Ms. Foster!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2013

    Wonderfully written

    I highly recommend this book, it takes you in and you can't put it down. If you like books about civil rights you will love this one! I plan to read more of Melissa Fosters books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2013

    A must read

    Fast moving story. Coming of age, recognizing human rights make this a great book for all ages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2013

    Bashlorette party

    ;)

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