This was a heavy story with what felt like a lot of moving parts. I feel like I never really grasped some of the important themes that Mayhew was trying to bring across. We learn early on that something happened to Mary. What kept me going through to the end was that mystery.
Along the way, we're given an inside look into what life was like for blacks in the 50's, from the subtle to the obvious racism and the glaring line between black and white. As well, there is philandering and child abuse and a business on the edge of failure.
I wouldn't say this book was as good as The Help or The Kitchen House but it is a strong debut along the same theme. I would try another title by this author.