I completely fell in love with this story and the characters. More than anything, it took me back to Mississippi in the 1950’s. From the manner of speech, Hazel’s many “I swan’s” and Floyds motivational quotes to Hazel’s interior decorating choices and Vida and her father’s experiences made everything very realistic. Hazel and Vida also brought this book alive. Even more than their quest for Civil Rights, the book is about Hazel and Vida’s own growth. Both women are broken over the loss of their sons. Hazel turns to drinking and Vida turns to revenge. Their struggle with what it means to be a mother and their growth as characters during this time in history is what is really highlighted for me. The Civil Rights movement is what allows the women to move on. I really appreciated the author’s authenticity with women being the driving force behind many of the protests and movement of information at the time. I felt like this gave me a great look into another piece of the Civil Rights movement that I never would have known.
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.