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Publisher's Summary

Challenging perceptions of discrimination and prejudice, this emotionally resonant drama for listeners 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 fund-raiser - 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; and 22-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?

©2018 Katie Ganshert (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“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, relzreviewz.com)

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As a Believer, I would love to think I do not have prejudice...but the reality is we have no idea what we don’t know. This book allowed me insight in a way I’ve never been offered and for that I am grateful. Thankful for Jesus and His redeeming power...and for authors who aren’t afraid to put word to paper to say hard things.

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Necessary story for our times.

This book gives insight into the complexity of racism in America. It eloquently describes how overcoming our past is not an easy or simple fix. I appreciated the author’s ability to not make anyone the simple “bad” guy but that we all have things going on in our lives that contribute to our reactions and that we need to take the time to listen and learn from one another. If you are beginning your journey into race relations in America this book is a great place to start.

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Loved this book for many reasons!

I was not sure what to expect with this book, and at the beginning, it was a little confusing to distinguish between the characters...but stick with it, because it's a story that needs to be shared. First, I work in St. Louis and recall the district accreditation issues, although I was not closely involved. Very insightful. Second, I am an adoptive mother of older children (one is biracial) and sooooo appreciate the author's honest depiction of being an adoptive mother. It's like she researched my very own journals. :) And finally, I believe that we need to keep sharing these stories to really change racism in our country. It's not magical, but it's a start. Definitely worth a read, or listen!

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Great book to show many perspectives of race in America!

Loved this story! While it was really confusing to follow all the different characters at first, this story came together beautifully! Thank you katie Katie Ganshert for writing an awesome story and showing how even the most resistant heart can learn about their own prejudice! I pray for this world we live in and we can understand each other better!

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Just WOW

This book is so amazing! I strongly encourage you to read it and understand the message behind it!

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Give this a listen!

Powerful and engaging story! The narrator captured the story and the author captured the audience! Loved it. Definitely recommend if you like being entertained and if you like a book that will make you think.

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Topical

The main theme of this book is racism - relevant to American culture right now. The author handled it well and from several different perspectives which educated and entertained. There was an incident with a gun (spoiler alert) which is also relevant to our culture in which a child accessed one from a parent’s unattended purse at a public event attended by hundreds of kids resulting in a shooting. I was disappointed that the negligence of the mother was not addressed in any way, much less punished. Too bad. Otherwise a good enough read.

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Educational

I listened to this book as part of the happy hour with Jamie Ivey summer book club and really enjoyed it. It tackled topics such as racial bias, adoption, marriage, grief to name a few and gave great insight into them. It is an eye opener to the kind of racism society seems to be blind to. Really recommend to anybody, an enjoyable read/listen and the narrator was great