Set in the early 1900s in a small Georgia town, the novel follows the life of a 14-year-old boy named Will Tweedy. The story is largely centered around his grandfather's scandalous marriage to a much younger woman just three weeks after his wife's death, causing a stir in their small, conservative town. Through Will's eyes, the reader experiences the complexities of Southern society, family dynamics, and the process of coming-of-age.
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- 36th on The 100 Favorite Novels of Librarians (Bookman.com)
- 70th on Koen Book Distributors Top 100 Books of the Past Century (themodernnovel.com)
- 500 Great Books by Women (Book)