Top critical review
A convincing look at the racial inequities of the 1960's and a powerful reminder all is still not well on the racial front
Reviewed in the United States on June 3, 2018
Gripping account of racial interactions in the deep South in the 1960's by an author who grew up there in the aftermath of the Civil Rights struggle. The book does have its flaws. How many times can the central characters "narrow" their eyes and how many times can the protagonist escape her parents suffocating attention to meet with her friend's black housekeeper without being found out? The plot may stretch credulity towards its conclusion, yet the book is hard to put down. Black critics have pointed at negative black stereotypes, especially black men but, valid or not, the story mostly rings true while projecting a ringing indictment of the 1960's white community. As such it serves as a powerful reminder today that much more progress must yet be made if the US is ever to be home to a racially egalitarian society.