No One Ever Asked - by Katie Ganshert (Paperback)

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Dimensions (Overall): 8.2 Inches (H) x 5.4 Inches (W) x 1.1 Inches (D)
Weight: .75 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 384
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Women
Publisher: Waterbrook Press
Format: Paperback
Author: Katie Ganshert
Language: English
Street Date: April 3, 2018
TCIN: 53183264
UPC: 9781601429049
Item Number (DPCI): 248-56-0572
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported


About the Book

Challenging perceptions of discrimination and prejudice, this emotionally resonant drama explores three different women navigating challenges in a changing school district--and in their lives.ives.

Book Synopsis

Challenging perceptions of discrimination and prejudice, this emotionally resonant drama for readers of Lisa Wingate and Jodi Picoult explores three different women navigating challenges in a changing school district--and in their lives.


When an impoverished school district loses its accreditation and the affluent community of Crystal Ridge has no choice but to open their school doors, the lives of three very different women converge: Camille Gray--the wife of an executive, mother of three, long-standing PTA chairwoman and champion fundraiser--faced with a shocking discovery that threatens to tear her picture-perfect world apart at the seams. Jen Covington, the career nurse whose long, painful journey to motherhood finally resulted in adoption but she is struggling with a happily-ever-after so much harder than she anticipated. Twenty-two-year-old Anaya Jones--the first woman in her family to graduate college and a brand new teacher at Crystal Ridge's top elementary school, unprepared for the powder-keg situation she's stepped into. Tensions rise within and without, culminating in an unforeseen event that impacts them all. This story explores the implicit biases impacting American society, and asks the ultimate question: What does it mean to be human? Why are we so quick to put labels on each other and categorize people as this or that, when such complexity exists in each person?

Review Quotes

CBA bestseller

"Humble. Powerful. Awakening. No One Ever Asked unapologetically invites its reader into a journey of historical significance and soul discovery. A trek which, once taken, you won't come back from."
--Mary Weber, author of The Evaporation of Sofi Snow

"Emotionally resonant and brimming with hope, No One Ever Asked is an intimate portrayal of a community in chaos. As Katie Ganshert employs alternating perspectives and vastly different viewpoints, she dives deep into fraught themes of race, adoption, social justice, infidelity, friendship, and more. This gripping story is written with sensitivity and grace, and it will stay with readers long after the final page is turned. A heart-changing, transformative work!"
--Nicole Baart, author of Little Broken Things

"No One Ever Asked is that rare breed of story that lingers in your heart and mind long after the final page is turned. Gut wrenching and achingly authentic, this story lays bare the profound intricacies of racial tension. Katie Ganshert is a gifted wordsmith with an uncanny ability to elicit the emotions her characters are experiencing in the reader. This evocative and incisive human drama will not leave you unmoved--a cautionary tale infused with hope. With a handful of stellar novels already to her credit, Ganshert has raised the bar once again. No One Ever Asked has my highest recommendation."
--Rel Mollet,

About the Author

KATIE GANSHERT is the author of several novels and works of short fiction. She has won both the Christy and Carol Awards for her writing and was awarded the RT Reviews Reviewers Choice for her novel, The Art of Losing Yourself. Katie makes her home in eastern Iowa with her family.
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5.0 out of 5 stars with 4 reviews
100% would recommend
4 recommendations

This book is a must-read for everyone!

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
BethErin - 5 years ago
Community. Compassion. Empathy. Love. This world needs more yet can these things truly be achieved without understanding (or at the very least, a desire to understand)? I think not. No One Ever Asked glows with rich, multi-layered authenticity and diversity. I found myself relating to each of the three main characters in at least a small way yet also learning from each struggle, situation, and background. We don't understand one another's struggles because we don't ask. We assume. We label. We circle the wagons when we should be opening doors and tearing down walls, ceilings, and stereotypes. I highly recommend this story to everyone! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.
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Everyone in America needs to read this book.

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
kathae - 5 years ago
Everyone in America needs to read this book. Not just because it was exceedingly well written, with short chapters that kept you turning the pages. Not because of the Twitter conversations, emails, online chats, or news articles interspersed throughout the book, which brought in more perspective to the story. Not because of the characters, so well written that you wanted to weep with them in their distress. Not because of the surprises that you never expected in the plot. Everyone needs to read this story because every person will find himself or herself in this story. And it's not pretty. This is a story about racism, which may or may not be reflected in how you act, and it may not be reflected in the words you speak. But it may be in your thoughts and in your heart, even if you don't recognize it. Read this book. It is convicting. I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, Waterbrook, for review purposes. The thoughts expressed here are my own.
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Captivating Read

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
EmilyP - 5 years ago
No One Ever Asked is a powerful story, filled with many different characters whose worlds collide. These women and men each have their own unique challenges, which makes for an intriguing book. Katie Ganshert delivers again with a book whose subject matter could not be more timely. The characters resonate and become like friends ( or enemies) that you could relate to. There's the perfect wife and mother, the newly made mother through adoption, the young teacher who is thrust into a district she didn't necessarily want to be in, the children of families, other administrators, and the chatter of a neighborhood beauty shop...there is a whole world in this book. I appreciate Katie's refusal to write about 'soft' topics. While there are lots of internal and external struggles for the characters, by the end of the book there is a healthy conclusion. I did miss many winks of sleep because I didn't want to stop reading!I think the timing of this book could not be better. I learned a lot from not only the story, but the true history interspersed in this book. While challenging, this story will pull at your heart, make you angry, make you cry...and then make you realize YOU can make a change right where you are. With the world we live in getting crazier by the day, this story offers hope. * I received an advanced reader's copy from WaterBrook Multnomah in exchange for my honest review. All opinions above are my own. *
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Quite Thought Provoking!

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
Rebecca Maney - 5 years ago
"Be the change where you're at." Anaya Jones is a new hire at a predominantly white upper class elementary school. Determined to make the best of a given opportunity, she struggles to push aside her own fears and misconceptions so that she can meet the needs of her students, whose parents are disgruntled about the forced integration of ethnically diverse students from a failed lower class school district. Anaya is black. Jen Covington and her husband have just adopted a little girl from Liberia. Feeling overwhelmed with the complexities of instant parenthood, Jen fights feelings of despondency and inadequacy when Jubilee has a difficult time adjusting to her new life. Jen and Nick are white. Camille Gray is an active member of her community, pretending that all is right in her world when nothing could be further from the truth. After her three children are thrust into racially tense circumstances as a result of regional integration, her responses vary from what she thinks she is "supposed" to say, to what she actually believes she needs to say. All three women's lives converge in unexpected ways as normalcy is reconstructed along the path to mutual respect. "No one ever asked" their opinion in the beginning, but in the end, they find that the truth really can set them free. Read along as Katie Ganshert deftly navigates the shark infested waters of equality, diversity, and expectancy within the chapters of this deeply inspiring story. I received a copy of this novel from the author and publisher. The opinions stated are entirely my own. 2 likes
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