After his mother's death, John, a sheltered eight-year-old, must live with his Aunt Nelda and her abusive husband on a sharecropper's farm in Alabama. When the local banker, a kind and just man, takes John under his wing, he learns firsthand about racial inequality, politics, power, and greed.
A powerful and haunting story.
Skillful attention to historical detail.
Author's sense of time and place is extraordinary.