Susan Kaplan Carlton
Susan Kaplan Carlton currently teaches writing at Boston University. The author of Love & Haight and Lobsterland, her writing has also appeared in Self, Elle, Mademoiselle, and Seventeen. She lived for a time with her family in Atlanta, where her daughters learned the finer points of etiquette from a little pink book and the power of social justice from their synagogue.
Hello, My Name Is________
All too often, the world tries to define us with labels, and it can be hard to figure out who we truly are. In Julie Buxbaum's Hope and Other Punch Lines, Abbie wants to shake her identity as an internet meme so people will see her for who she truly is. In Susan Kaplan Carlton's In the Neighborhood of True, Ruth finds out that sometimes fitting in means standing out after her life is rocked by the Atlanta Temple bombing. In How to Be Remy Cameron, Atlanta author Julian Winters tells the story of a teen who discovers that just because you are out and proud doesn't mean everyone knows everything about you.
In The Neighborhood of True
After her father’s death, Ruth Robb and her family transplant themselves in the summer of 1958 from New York City to Atlanta—the land of debutantes, sweet tea, and the Ku Klux Klan. In her new hometown, Ruth quickly figures out she can be Jewish or she can be popular, but she can’t be both. Eager to fit in with the blond girls in the “pastel posse,” Ruth decides to hide her religion. Before she knows it, she is falling for the handsome and charming Davis and sipping Cokes with him and his friends at the all-white, all-Christian Club.
Does it matter that Ruth’s mother makes her attend services at the local synagogue every week? Not as long as nobody outside her family knows the truth. At temple Ruth meets Max, who is serious and intense about the fight for social justice, and now she is caught between two worlds, two religions, and two boys. But when a violent hate crime brings the different parts of Ruth’s life into sharp conflict, she will have to choose between all she’s come to love about her new life and standing up for what she believes.