I'd read about this book in another book and it mentioned that it had been banned in Boston in the 40s. A look at the South after WWI, the oftentimes tense relationship between whites and blacks, and dealing with other people's expectations. I can see why it was considered shocking at the time, because of the questions it raised about equality and race relations. I found myself shocked at the book at times, it was hard to believe the mind set in the time period of my mom's birth. All in all, a read I'm very glad I picked up.