had to read this book in college, it is about the segregated south
I read this book for a college class called "The American Experience." This is a story about life in the South, and it broke my heart to read it. I highly recommend it.
The Ghost of the South or the Ghost of America?, December 30, 2002
Reviewer: Herbert L Calhoun "paulocal" (Falls Church, VA USA)
Ms. Smith's honesty and eloquence in telling a profoundly American story about the perfidy of the South of her childhood is a literary tour de force about an immensely important slice of American history. It is a profoundly American tragedy fashioned from the most basic of human materials, human fallibilities, many of which still consume us as Americans--black or white, north or south. This book is the most sombering account of who we Americans are--as opposed to who we wished we were--anyone is likely to ever encounter. Unfortunately, since her death, Ms. Smith's story of about race, sex, religion, politics, economics and deception in the south has become the American way of life, writ large.
This book is essential for understanding "the mind of the South" as Cash entitled his book about Dixie history and sociology. Lillian Smith was a brilliant recluse who wrote movingly and unerringly about the Southern history of class, race, and gender prejudices which have directly contributed to today's political land scape. A must-read for historians and political junkies! And more easily readable than Cash, IMO.