“A history of our time, seen from the bottom up, through the eyes of someone who decided for herself that things had to be changed…a timely reminder that we cannot now relax.” —Senator Edward Kennedy, The New York Times Book Review
“Something is new here…rural southern black life begins to speak. It hits the page like a natural force, crude and undeniable and, against all principles of beauty, beautiful.” —The Nation
“Engrossing, sensitive, beautiful…so candid, so honest, and so touching, as to make it virtually impossible to put down.” —San Francisco Sun-Reporter
From the Publisher
In this now classic autobiography, she details the sights, smells, and suffering of growing up in a racist society and candidily reveals the soul of a black girl who had the courage to challenge it. The result is a touchstone work: an accurate, authoritative portrait of black family life in the rural South and a moving account of a woman's indomitable heart. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.