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.
#Adoption; #Trauma; #Racism; #GunViolence; #LGBT+
Fiction | Released September 1, 2020
“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; The Armchair Commentary