cover image Anywhere You Run

Anywhere You Run

Wanda M. Morris. Morrow, $17.99 trade paper (400p) ISBN 978-0-06-308250-2

The notorious 1964 murder of three civil rights activists in Mississippi provides the backdrop for Morris’s stunning sophomore novel (after 2021’s All Her Little Secrets), which revolves around two Black sisters’ relationship while exploring racism, family, and small-town sensibilities. The quiet life of Violet Richards and her older sister, Marigold, ends when Violet kills the white man who raped her. Knowing that as a Black woman in the Jim Crow South she won’t be treated fairly, Violet sneaks out of Jackson, Miss., with her wealthy white boyfriend before abandoning him in Alabama to catch a Greyhound bus that takes her to Chillicothe, Ga. Meanwhile, Marigold, who dreams of becoming a lawyer, works for the Mississippi Summer Project to help Blacks register to vote. She ends up in Ohio after quickly marrying her dim-witted boyfriend, having become pregnant by another man. The suspense ramps up as powerful forces target each sister because she unwittingly possesses damaging evidence. Meticulous research about the era informs the gripping plot, which alternates between each sister’s point of view. Finely sculpted characters and crisp dialogue help make this a standout. Morris is a writer to watch. Agent: Lori Galvin, Aevitas Creative Management. (Oct.)