In the first weeks of Trump’s presidency, memes of Obama enjoying his best life spread throughout social media with the caption, “come back, we need you.” Many were already feeling the blunt force from Trump’s travel band, his immigration detention camps, and his egregious nod to white supremacists. They wanted to retreat to a better time - the Obama Era - where diplomacy, hope, and intelligence thrived.
In Nancy Johnson's debut novel, The Kindest Lie she takes us back to the exuberant times of Obama’s presidency where hope is not just a slogan. As soon as Obama is declared the winner in the 2008 election, the main character Ruth and her husband rolled up their living room rug, and “opened the windows to give the neighborhood a contact high" of happiness.
Brown Girl Book Lover spoke with Nancy about her first novel, the casualties of secrets, and hope.