by Hillary Jordan

Six vivid characters carry this compelling tale of racism, postwar trauma, poverty and social injustice down in the Deep South. Fine storytelling and a real page turner, which I couldn't put down.


And so I went shopping in Greenville - not for hats and Easter dresses, but for a doctor willing to drive two hours each way to treat a colored tenant. It would have been easier to find an elephant with wings. The first two doctors I saw acted like I'd asked them to do my laundry. The third, an old man in his seventies, told me he didn't drive anymore. But as I turned to leave, he said, 'There's Dr. Pearlman over on Clay Street. He might do it, he's a foreigner and a Jew. Or you could go to niggertown, they've got a doctor there.'


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