This is a coming of age story set in South Carolina in 1964. It explores racism, abandonment, independence. It celebrates the divine female. But mostly it's a story of family and finding oneself both within and outside of the family construct, reinforcing the notion that "the bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life...rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof," (Illusions, Richard Bach). Loved it. A keeper and worth a re-read in a couple of years.