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Have No Shame

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The racially-charged prejudice of the deep South forces eighteen-year-old Alison Tillman to confront societal norms—and her own beliefs—when she discovers the body of a hate crime victim, and the specter of forbidden love turns her safe, comfortable world upside down.

Alison has called Forrest Town, Arkansas home for the past
Kindle Edition, 282 pages
Published April 11th 2013 by World Literary Press
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Mar 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel is a powerful look at a small town in Arkansas, set in 1967. I was about the same age as Alison Tillman, the main character, but growing up in New England was almost a world away from her life.

Alison is a young woman, fairly sure of the path her life is going to take. She's engaged to Jimmy Lee Carlisle, her boyfriend since she was fifteen. She is having a few niggling doubts about her feelings for Jimmy, but this is the road she has chosen, and her parents are happy.

This town is, a
Emerald Barnes
Mar 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-reads
Have No Shame is an amazing tale of a taboo subject for the deep South in the sixties.

It follows Alison as she is stuck at home, on a farm, engaged to her high school sweetheart. Her sister lives in New York and is living a new lifestyle. One completely different from how they were brought up, to hate colored people and see them as nothing more than slaves.

As Alison struggles with the hatred for treating people differently and striving to still be Daddy's little girl, something happens that sh
May 28, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I could not finish. SO. AWFUL. I cannot believe the high ratings of the book which I borrowed because it was free on the Amazon Lending Library.

In a backwards Arkansas (or is it Alabama? I just can't keep you racist A-states straight) town lives an obnoxious young woman dubbed Pixie with budding compassion and awareness of her shitty town's racial politics. Good for her. Too bad she's the most annoying, stupid (literally, so unbelievably stupid) person ever conceived and the writing has all the
Sylvia Stein
Mar 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have No Shame is truly an amazing book by best selling author Melissa Foster. This story set in the deep south in 1967 tells the story of an eighteen year old girl who finds herself having to come full circle with the prejudices of that time. This story took me as a reader into a deep emotional journey of one young woman having to make some tough choices when she befriends a young african american man. As the story unfolds and she starts to discover that her feelings begin to turn romantic, she ...more
Rachelle Ayala
Apr 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stunning! Melissa Foster's best work yet. You wouldn't think a story about a small town daddy's girl would be so riveting. On the surface, Alison (Pixie) is a mouse. She's scared to make waves and she's taught to know her place. She's marrying her high school sweetheart and doing everything everyone expects her to.

That is, until she finds the body of a black man in the river. Suddenly her eyes are opened to the injustice in her town, where supposedly decent law-abiding citizens beat up, terroriz
Feb 05, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It was not very good. I love the idea of the book..a southern girl starting to see the injustice of the treatment of blacks...But it wasn't well executed. She is raised by a horribly racist father and brother in a town where people are beating up blacks and even kill some and the book just starts with bam now she doesn't like it and starts to question things. I'd like to have seen her develop. It felt like the author just didn't want to take the time to develop her. Plus this is the 1960s and sh ...more
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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G.E. Johnson
Apr 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From the first page of this story, I was drawn in completely. Having grown up in Arkansas, I could feel the humidity and almost hear the buzz of the mosquitoes as the magnificent plot unfolded. Young Allison is torn between doing what 1960's southern society dictates is the right thing for a young white woman and doing what her heart tells her is right for her. She struggles with pursuing her passion and becoming independent like her rebel sister or remaining the apple of her dad's eye and doing ...more
Mar 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Have No Shame" is the first of Melissa Foster's books that I've read and I am so glad to have found her. Her characters draw you in right from the start and you very quickly stand with book in hand stirring a pot at the stove, or do a chore one handed, just because you can't put the book down. I found myself going through the day impatient to know what was going to happen next.

The remarkable emotional journey that the main character, Alison takes through this book is one I will not soon forget
C.M. Albert
Mar 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Have No Shame has easily moved its way into my top 10 list of favorite books ever read. This book is such an important dissection of such a tragic time in history. This book takes place in Forrest Town, Arkansas in the late 60's, when segregation "should" have been on its way out, but was still holding its ugly roots in some areas of the south in particular.

This unique and lovely story is positioned so well from Alison's point of view -- a simple farm-girl who graduates high school and is about
Division is a street dividing the colored side of town from the white. And for all the years I’ve lived in the States, it never occurred to me that’s what the name might mean. Melissa Foster’s Have No Shame takes its characters across that line, first with accidental meetings, then clandestine plans, and then in a rush from danger to hope.

The story’s told in two versions in this ebook—an intriguing and clever use of electronic format. One version includes dialect in the text while the other stic
Roderick Low
Apr 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel should bring Melissa Foster to the notice of a world-wide audience.

Within moments of starting to read, you will be transported back to the Arkansas of 1967 – hot, dusty, utterly rural and edgy. Poor white farmers, dependant upon cheap black labour who, due to their superior numbers, are constantly suppressed, living on the wrong side of town, ghettoised and terrified. You will remember scenes from ‘In the Heat of the Night’ and ‘Easy Rider’; you will remember that, less than fifty ye
African Americans on the Move Book Club
Growing up in Forrest Town, Arkansas, Alison Tillman was always taught to “know her place” as well as the place of the coloreds who worked for the family and lived within a neighboring section of her town. However, after finding the body of a black man floating in the river, Alison begins to challenge everything she knows.

Prior to her discovery, her engagement to Jimmy Lee was the best thing she could possibly hope for. Now she is realizing that his views, behavior and hatred towards blacks are
I really struggled with the rating for this one. On the one hand, the subject matter was a great topic, and I did get pulled into the story rather quickly. I felt tense throughout the first half, experiencing the ambiance of the rural Southern town. But........then the book fell apart. While seemingly still exploring the civil rights movement, the book becomes sugar-coated in this 'happily ever after,' completely unrealistic manner.

My biggest complaint is the main character, Alison Tillman. At f
Sheila Selman
Mar 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A young white woman in the racially charged town of Forrest Town, Arkansas, finds the body of a dead black man and is forced into a realization: Her idyllic life with her parents, her fiance and her town, is a sham. After years of being protected from the realities of life for black people in her small town, 18-year-old Alison is forced to confront her biases and ignorance.
Author Melissa Foster takes readers through Alison's journey of newly awakened awareness, of biracial love, of becoming a wo
James Hatch
Apr 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had no idea what to expect when I volunteered to review "Have No Shame." I knew Melissa Foster is an outstanding author, but did not know she would sweep me into the mind of Alison Tillman, an eighteen-year-old girl with an unbridled curiosity and an innocent heart. I felt like a voyeur in Alison’s mind as she blossomed into a mature and loving woman … and came to grips with the stark realities of rampant racism.

While the Vietnam War and civil rights struggles tore at the fabric of society, ch
Laurie Carlson
Not many books touch me with so many emotions they way this book has, and boy oh boy, this book sure touched me to no end! I knew it would as soon as I started reading it. Yes, this book will pull you right into it as soon as you start it.
This book takes place in Forest Town, Arkansas, in 1967, in the deep south where segregation was very well known for being so strong, rules for the 'whites' and 'coloreds', and the unwritten rules as well, were followed as much to a "T" as you could, but even t
Roger Boaden
May 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Melissa Foster is a wonderful story teller. Once more she triumphs in the writing of a tale where the characters conflict with one another, and where their backgrounds and experiences quite simply explode. In this single vivid cameo from the history of racial segregation, she encapsulates everything which took place, with a magic which leaves you sitting on the edge of your chair.

A young girl, Alison Jean, growing up in the sixties in a small Arkansas town begins to question herself, and then th
Rabid Readers Reviews
In the midst of another fight for civil rights, Melissa Foster reminds us of how far society has come. This is a story we’re read before – in fact and fiction – but one that as time passes, people seem to have forgotten only heading flashes of pop culture remembrance in novels like “The Help.” We all nod soulfully and make the right noises but what must it have been like to live then? Foster brings us Allison Tillman. Allison tells us her story in regional dialect and from a place of confusion. ...more
I could not put this little gem down!

These types of books, captivate me to no end. Historical fiction during the civil rights movement get my blood pumping. It makes me sad and sick and so ashamed of the way whites treated the blacks during that time. It makes me so thankful and happy that my parents raised me to believe that we are all treated equally, no matter the color of our skin.

Have No Shame is set in 1967 in the extremely racist town of Forrest Town, Arkansas. It focuses on the Tillman
Pamela Foreman
May 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Roughly a week ago I began to read a book which I knew would be about white people and black people and how no one during a period in our history could get along with with each other mainly because of the color of a person’s skin. A few days ago, I finished a book about love, fear, hatred, regret, respect, murder and more.

Have No Shame by Melissa Foster is an incredible read that all people should pick up and dive into the pages. The book does a spectacular job showing how segregation, though il
Christina North
Apr 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Christina by: I received an ARC for honest review
Shelves: favorites
HAVE NO SHAME is a remarkably well told story of a young girl on the verge of womanhood. We meet, Pixie (Alison), as she fights the still childlike desire to jump from rock to rock as she walks alongside the River. The vivid, but never overly done, imageries have you walking right along beside her. When she finds the dead body of a black man floating at the water’s edge, she is thrust head long into the height of the civil rights movement, and the innocence of jumping rocks is long forgotten. Ba ...more
Cindy Smith
Apr 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone!
I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to read an ARC of this wonderful book!

A book that brings the evilness of racial bigotry to light, through the eyes of one awakening to it's reality. This story is written from the viewpoint of Alison.
Alison is a white farm girl from a small town in Arkansas in the early 1960's. She is a "daddy's girl" and has always lived her life not making waves. One day, however, she finds the body of a black man, Byron Bingham, floating in the river obviously beaten
Liss Lovejoy
Apr 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story takes place in 1967 when most of the United States was in the midst of change due largely because of Martin Luther King Jr. Alison, fondly known as “Pixie”, is caught somewhere between being a child and becoming an adult. Her childhood thoughts and dreams start to fade away when she finds a black man who has been left along the water after someone beat and killed him. This is a defining moment for her and she starts to question the very things she holds dear.
I was swept away with Melis
Jun 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

"Have No Shame" was a powerful story, which touched my heart and in many ways forced me to question the good and evil in people. The story takes place in 1967 in Forrest Town, Arkansas. The premise back in the day was that the coloreds were to remain in their place and therefore Division Street represented the mind's periphery to separate the two races. Those caught up in the southern web of bigotry set the existing attitude and opposing views fell short of considerable patronage. T
Lyn Pickering
Mar 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It takes a certain amount of courage to write in the first person but Melissa Foster is an accomplished writer and her latest book, Have No Shame, carries it off well.
Eighteen year old Alison Tillman has lived in a small town in Arkansas all her life and has come to accept racial division, and the contempt that accompanies it, as the norm. But the gruesome discovery of a corpse; and her fiancé, Jimmy Lee’s intense racial hatred begins to open her eyes to a world radically different to her own.
Tammy Hall
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As I began reading this book I thought wow how backwards our world has been for so long. I couldn't believe how dense some people could be. I have never let color of someone's skin or religious beliefs or any thing really stop me from seeing them as anything more than a person just like myself. This book really helped open my eyes to how cruel of a world we still live in. Melissa Foster did a magnificent job of showing you through words a world where having a different skin color gets you treate ...more
Claire Ridgway
Apr 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read a few of Melissa Foster's books and they were all thrillers so I was surprised when I started reading this, it's very different.

The novel tells the story of eighteen year-old Alison Tillman, known to her family as Pixie, who lives with her parents on a farm in a small town in Arkansas in the late 1960s. There, she is sheltered from the real world and just accepts the bigotry and prejudice aimed at black people as part of life. Her life is turned upside down, however, when she discover
Apr 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Melissa Foster is one of my favorite authors – and I was very intrigued to read her latest book “Have No Shame”. Once I realized it was about the South (Coupled with the fact that I am a true Southern girl born and breed in South GA) I was even more intrigued! As always Melissa did not disappoint!!!

“Have No Shame” is a beautiful, poignant book about all that was wrong with the South in the late 60's. Sometimes hard to believe that people treated other people the way whites treated blacks on Div
May 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love Conquers Hate

Growing up in a segregated town in Arkansas, Alison Tilman ‘knows her place’ when it comes to interacting with blacks in the town. However, in the winter of 1967, the eighteen-year-old discovers the body of a black man floating in the river and begins to question everything she has ever been taught. Her search for answers takes her to the colored part of town and into the arms of a man she is forbidden to love.

Melissa Foster’s coming-of-age novel, “Have No Shame,” is gripping.
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