Agnes Scott grad to discuss debut novel set in segregated Alabama

Cheryl Reid will discuss her debut novel, “As Good As True,” on Aug. 6 at the Decatur Library.

Critics describe the historical fiction, published in February, as "a powerful and haunting novel of a woman's broken past and the painful choices she must make to keep her family and her home."

Set in segregated Alabama in 1956, “As Good As True” tells the story of Anna Nassad who, after a night of rage and terror, wakes up bruised and battered to find her abusive husband dead.

As the daughter of Syrian immigrants, she has never belonged, and now her world is about to erupt. To compound matters, days before, Anna had invited the first black postman to deliver the mail to her house inside for a glass of water. That act raises doubts about her role in her husband's death.

Reid grew up in Decatur, Ala., studied art and writing at Agnes Scott College, and earned a master's in fine arts degree in creative writing from Georgia State University. She lives with her husband and three children in Decatur, Ga.

The discussion, which is part of the Georgia Center for Book’s Festival of Writers, is for adults 18 years and older. It takes place 7:15 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The library is at 215 Sycamore St. in downtown Decatur. For more information, visit