This book crossed so many barriers, it made you laugh and cry and think and go back and look up some history. I don’t usually like first Peron narritives, as I was thinking that I was reading sentence number and never thought it again. I was so deep into this book my coworkers teased my about my southern way of speaking. Ms. Sockett crafted a time and place so vivid you turely felt you were back in Jackson, Mississippi in the 1960’s wanting things to change but being so used to the status quo that you truly couldn’t see any change possible. Then she placed a cast characters so strongly detailed that you thought you would meet them on the street. You wither hated or loved them, there was no way to feel just indifference toward them, and there were no excess pop in characters that did not push the story along in the correct direction. Ms. Sockett used words as they would speak them in that area of the country. Many writers break up word, or drop off letters to try get the southern speech patterns. Ms. Socket wrote the words a the ladies would have used, and it took me back to my grandma’s kitchen when I was younger. I could hear the rhythm and tone of the voices, the saddness or anger or pain, even the tiredness of the characters. For me that was the greatest accomplishment of this book. I truly will be looking forward to more books from this break out author, I think she just went on my comfort author’s list. Vivid, emotion, well researched and a delightful read.