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It is 1946 in the Mississippi Delta, where Memphis-bred Laura McAllan is struggling to adjust to farm life, rear her daughters with a modicum of manners and gentility, and be the wife her land-loving husband, Henry, wants her to be. It is an uphill battle every day. Things started badly when Henry's trusting nature resulted in the family being done out of a nice house in town, thus relegating them to a shack on their property. In addition, Henry's father, Pappy, a sour, mean-spirited devil of a man, moves in with them.
The real heart of the story, however, is the friendship between Jamie, Henry's too-charming brother, and Ronsel Jackson, son of sharecroppers who live on the McAllan farm. They have both returned from the war changed men: Jamie has developed a deep love for alcohol and has recurring nightmares; Ronsel, after fighting valiantly for his country and being seen as a man by the world outside the South, is now back to being just another black "boy."
Told in alternating chapters by Laura, Henry, Jamie, Ronsel, and his parents, Florence and Hap, the story unfolds with a chilling inevitability. Jordan's writing and perfect control of the material lift it from being another "ain't-it-awful" tale to a heart-rending story of deep, mindless prejudice and cruelty. This eminently readable and enjoyable story is a worthy recipient of Kingsolver's prize and others as well. --Valerie Ryan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This was a well written book with good character development and plot development.
The book was very well written and I felt as though I had drifted back in time. as soon as I started reading this story, I realized I would not be able to put it down.
A story of life in rural Mississippi after WWII spotlights the characters in two families--one white, one black--and depicts the troubling issues of the times.
A truly wonderful read with rich characters and gripping plot. My whole book club loved this!Published 1 day ago by Deborah Miller
Loved the book. It dealt with social issues, relationships and connections in the Deep South.Published 6 days ago by ann seagle
A moving, haunting & devastating story of love, loss & incredible injustice. Beautifully written. Couldn't put it down. Well done!Published 16 days ago by Ashley
How can people treat people this way? Story well written, hard to put down. Enjoyed reading and will tell others too.Published 16 days ago by Judith A. Baatrup
My mother at the age of 17 described things that happened near a small town in Florida where she was visiting. She is now 88 and this book made her experience come to life for me. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Trudy Moon
This book had memorable characters. It is a sad story about the evils of predujice.Published 21 days ago by Maria E Freeman