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Nancy Johnson is the author of the debut novel, The Kindest Lie, published in February 2021 by William Morrow/HarperCollins. This is the story of an unlikely connection between Ruth, an Ivy League-educated Black engineer searching for the son she walked away from, and Midnight, a poor, young white boy who finds himself adrift in the dying Indiana factory town Ruth left behind. The novel explores race, class, and family at the dawn of the Obama era.
The Kindest Lie has been named a most anticipated book of the year by Marie Claire, Good Housekeeping, Refinery29, Woman’s Day, and Popsugar. The novel received first runner-up honors for the 2018 James Jones First Novel Fellowship Award. Nancy’s essays have appeared in Real Simple and O, The Oprah Magazine. Her work has received support from the Hurston/Wright Foundation, Tin House Summer Novel Workshop, and Kimbilio Fiction.
A native of Chicago’s South Side, Nancy worked for more than a decade as an Emmy-nominated, award-winning television journalist at CBS and ABC affiliates in markets nationwide. A graduate of Northwestern University and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she lives in downtown Chicago and manages brand communications for a large nonprofit. The Kindest Lie is her first novel.