On the weekend of July Fourth, shots are fired at a twentieth high school reunion in a small US town, killing fifty-six. Three survive. So begins Everyone Was Falling, an empowering novel of friendship and violence on the verge of Trump's election.
Lucy-a queer, Asian adoptee whose past trauma hypervigilance leads them to safety-is dubbed the hero. White, blond town treasure, Christy, is the star-using YouTube to garner fame. Donna-the only former Black student of Bixby-becomes the suspect, despite what her wealthy father has done for the town. The three women navigate PTSD and the differences that long ago drove them apart. They're targeted by racists, opportunists, and violent exes. As the police department fumbles, it's up to the survivors to lead them to justice.
About the Author
Since a young child growing up in a White family and community, JS LEE has sought refuge through art and storytelling. Through her work, she examines trauma survival, transracial adoption, the ill effects of racial isolation, and intersecting marginalization. Beyond Everyone Was Falling, LEE is the author of the novels Keurium and An Ode to the Humans Who've Loved and Left Me, author and illustrator of its corresponding children's books For All the Lives I've Loved and Lived and For All the Friends I've Found, and the memoir It Wasn't Love. She currently lives in the Bay Area of California.
"Everyone Was Falling takes a gripping look at racism, homophobia, adoption, and trauma ... Various intersections of identity and oppression come crashing in on one another as Lee tries to make sense of the carnage that surrounds her characters. The tragedy highlighted in Everyone Was Falling is the mechanism by which Lee's characters are able to learn about the grave injustices that are present in the world ... Everyone Was Falling is as much of a social justice primer as it is a novel; it challenges readers to see the world from a different perspective."
-Ally Henny, Combing the Roots; Armchair Commentary