This book had been on my to read list for a while, so to say I was stoked when I saw it at my local library was an understatement. I had heard it was a coming of age novel, but that was about it.
The novel is set in South Carolina on the cusp of one of the most important times in US history. The Civil Rights Act paved the way for the abolishment of racial segregation, voter equality and racial and religious discrimination. It’s the summer of Martin Luther King and Miles Davis. It’s also the summer that everything changes for Lilly Owens, a 14 year old white girl and her nanny/peach picker/bestie Rosaleen who reside on a peach farm with Lilly’s abusive and horrid father, and the vivid memory of her mother;
“This is what I know about myself. She was all I wanted. And I took her away.” Continue reading