This novel makes an interesting pairing with "The Help," a novel that has surfed a wave of success and is set in the same time and locale. Gwin does a better job of communicating the terror that many African Americans lived with in early 1960s Mississippi. In this novel, we again have a white female narrator--this time, a young girl. But unlike the protagonist of "The Help," she is powerless to effect any change, and in fact is complicit through a selective blindness to what is happening. She represents the willful blindness of an entire population that chose not to see the injustice that infused their daily lives.
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A very good read, unimaginable that this was actually happening in the USA while we were growing up in Canada!
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