The paths of three young Black women in pre–Civil War Philadelphia unexpectedly—and dangerously—collide in this debut novel inspired by the explosive history of a divided city.

Meet Ashton

Ashton Lattimore is an author, award-winning journalist and a former lawyer. Her debut historical fiction novel, All We Were Promised (Ballantine Books) will be released in 2024. By day, she is the editor-in-chief at Prism, a nonprofit news outlet whose work centers on communities of color. Her nonfiction writing has also appeared in the Washington Post, Slate, CNN, and Essence. She is a graduate of Harvard College, Columbia Journalism School, and Harvard Law School, where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. A New Jersey native, Ashton now lives in suburban Philadelphia with her husband and two sons.