Was anyone else confused as to whether Amma was white or black? I wondered about this the entire book. Near the end they say she's a descendant of Ivy, who was obviously a slave, however, I don't believe that Amma's race was ever explicitly stated as it was in the case of Marian. And especially since Ivy is described as being lighter skinned, several generations down her descendants may or may not have been obviously African American.
On the whole I thought it was odd to write in such detail about the town, its history, traditions, the DAR and their perspective on the Confederacy and Civil War, and to leave racial dynamics out so completely. I realize its somewhat of a loaded topic and not the focus of the book, but to have no mention of the town's race relations rang false to me.