This book has been picked by multiple book groups at the library because it is a rich story. After World War II, in 1946, the McAllan family moves to a cotton farm in Mississippi. Laura is not happy, she had been promised a house in the'city', not a shack on a farm.
Race relations are still not improved, even with black regiments in the war. The turmoil and hatred that spills over and touches two families is harsh. This book earned the Bellwether Prize for fiction, awarded to a first novel that addresses issues of social justice.