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From USA Today bestselling author, Carole Lanham, comes a story of enduring spirit and lifelong literary love that reading groups are calling The Help’s steamy cousin.

Mississippi 1920: Hadley Crump finds himself drawn into a secret world when he is invited to join wealthy Lucinda Browning’s banned book club. No one suspects that the son of the African American cook is anything more to Lucinda than a charitable obligation, but behind closed doors, O! She doth teach the torches to burn bright. What begins as a breathless investigation into the more juicy parts of literature quickly becomes a consuming habit for two people who would not otherwise be together. As lynchings erupt across the South and the serving staff is cut to make way for mechanical conveniences, events are set into action that will leave their mark for three generations.

Written in a voice that is seductive, heartbreaking, and peppered with Lanham's dark brand of foxy lyricism, The Reading Lessons follows the lives of two people born into a world as unforgiving as a Hangman’s knot. Divided by skin color and joined by books, Hadley and Lucinda are forced to come together in the only place that will allow it, a land of printed words and dark secrets.

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