A sensitive reader
There’s a lot going on in this novel. Two women with almost nothing in common find that they share more than they thought possible. Both are moved and affected by the civil rights movement which sometimes hits uncomfortably close to home. Their sometimes reluctant involvement creates tension between them, and between them and the town. Their relationship is strained and threatened, their livelihood, even their lives. On one level, this is a romance, a love story. On another, it is about the fear and the strength that comes from being outside the norms. This book is about outsiders versus insiders. If you’ve ever wondered what happened to Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird when she grew up, ever wondered about those single ladies who never married, ever thought about what it must have been like to live in the south during that time, this novel answers some of those questions in surprising ways. Bett Norris shows skill and depth in her first novel, much more sensitivity and insight than one would expect in a first time author.