This book is very good. The storyline takes place in the 1930s and 1940s. It first starts in the present, where a woman Alice, meets her mother Olivia, that she hasn't seen since she was 4. Olivia dies, and her daughter goes to get her belongings from where she was living. As mentioned above, the majority of the story takes place during the depression era. Alice learns of all the hardships that her mother has faced. When you first start the book, you feel sympathy toward Alice. When you finish the book, you feel sympathy for Olivia. It is a book filled with expression, and the harsh realities of the South during this period of time. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone.