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Reviewed in the United States on December 25, 2019
This novel gives such a fascinating background to the Mammy we THOUGHT we knew! It starts with Scarlett's grandmother in France, then Saint Domingue (later known as Haiti), where Ruth was born and miraculously survived when her entire family was slaughtered. The story goes through the drama, love, pain, betrayal, twists, turns, and surprising connections of her life as a slave mammy (and shockingly also as a "free" woman and a mother of her own child herself for a time before ever coming to Tara!) in Savannah, Georgia, Charleston, South Carolina. And of course we see her life and her coming to Tara, and eventually to rise above the other slaves (and some might say nearly equal to Mistress Ellen) at Tara, and her perspective on Scarlett, her family, Rhett Butler (and his circle, as introduced in Mr. McCaig's other novel "Rhett Butler's People"). Seeing the familiar events and characters from the beginning of Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind through her eyes, her wisdom, and her foreknowledge was, while not completely surprising, gives an insight into how much slaves witnessed and knew in the Old South.