No One Is Coming to Save Us

No One Is Coming to Save Us

A Novel

Book - 2017
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JJ Ferguson has returned home to Pinewood, North Carolina, to build his dream house and to pursue his high school sweetheart, Ava. But as he reenters his former world, where factories are in decline and the legacy of Jim Crow is still felt, he's startled to find that the people he once knew and loved have changed just as much as he has. Ava is now married and desperate for a baby, though she can't seem to carry one to term. Her husband, Henry, has grown distant, frustrated by the demise of the furniture industry, which has outsourced to China and stripped the area of jobs. Ava's mother, Sylvia, caters to and meddles with the lives of those around her, trying to fill the void left by her absent son. And Don, Sylvia's unworthy but charming husband, just won't stop hanging around. JJ's return and his plans to build a huge mansion overlooking Pinewood and woo Ava not only unsettles their family, but stirs up the entire town. The ostentatious wealth that JJ has attained forces everyone to consider the cards they've been dealt, what more they want and deserve, and how they might go about getting it. Can they reorient their lives to align with their wishes rather than their current realities? Or are they all already resigned to the rhythms of the particular lives they lead?
Publisher: New York, NY : Ecco, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062472984
Branch Call Number: FIC WATTS
Characteristics: 371 pages


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Mar 18, 2018

I can't recall how I came upon No One Is Coming To Save Us; but I'll admit that the cover art is one of the factors that led me to read it. As far as the story is concerned, it was okay. I understand the Great Gatsby comparison and what's ironic is that I felt meh about that novel too. As a resident of NC that isn't very familiar with the different cities & towns within the state, I enjoyed reading about what small town- living in NC feels like from someone who has personally experienced it (I assume that the author is from a small NC town but I'm not sure). The characters were interesting too and Watts did a good job at weaving their lives together in a way that made the story engaging. However, like I said before, I wasn't blown away by the story; but I would definitely read another novel written by Stephanie Powell Watts.

Sep 12, 2017

Well written, contemplative. The story takes us into the characters desires - past and present.
Mistakes made, redemptive thoughts. Wish it had a little more oomph.

CatherineG_1 Jul 14, 2017

Ava is a successful woman who appears to have it all; a great job and a loving husband but she cannot sustain a pregnancy despite numerous attempts. Her mother, Sylvia is the female matriarch who is involved in the lives of friends and family alike. JJ, a long lost love from high school days appears on the scene and live changes for everyone.
This family and their friends are dysfunctional with a capital "D".
Great page turner!

kmscows Jun 30, 2017

This debut novel has been chosen as the first American Library Association Book Club Central read. Sarah Jessica Parker unveiled Book Club Central and the book choice at the annual conference in June. "No one Is Coming to Save Us" is billed as an African American "Great Gatsby." That got my attention. The characters are well-developed and oh so flawed.

debwalker Jun 28, 2017

Sarah Jessica Parker's first pick for Book Club Central - a new online platform of reading resources and recommendations at

Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Jun 03, 2017

Set in North Carolina, this book is very loosely based on The Great Gatsby. JJ returns to Pinewood, building himself a giant house that looks out over the town. Ava dated JJ in high school, but is now married to Henry. She is desperate to have a baby, but has suffered numerous miscarriages. The book's main focus is on Sylvia, Ava's mother, who seems to lack any sort of self-awareness. The book gives a snapshot of a dying town, but that makes the book seem overcrowded with whole chapters devoted to characters that have no reason to even be in the book.

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