Bought 10 December 2005 – Waterstones, Birmingham

Another of the £1 bargains!

A fairly simple tale of a black family in 1920s Washington DC, this wears its obvious research lightly and provides a compelling narrative, concentrating mainly on teenage Johnnie Mae, but also her mother and aunt. The story is underpinned by one tragedy which stretches far into their imaginations and memories, but this is accompanied by a wealth of detail and interest.

I don’t think I’ll re-read it, so I’m going to set it free via BookCrossing. But I would recommend it (and thank Ali for recommending it to me!)