In the 1960s, Edenville, North Carolina is full of rules. Sagging under the weight of racism and segregation the small community finds itself at a dangerous tipping point.
Eleven-year-old Betty Grafton believes the world is fair. She knows there are worse places to live than Edenville. Unaware of the wars waging around her, she spends her days patting horses in the field and running errands for her mother. The world she doesn’t see, full of turmoil and unrest, is hiding just below the surface. One day, she has no choice but to see what’s been right in front of her all along.
Alma knows where to walk. She knows who to talk to and which fountain she can drink out of. Her mother, Winnie, spares no opportunity to remind her how dangerous it is to be a little black girl in the South.
When a chance encounter puts Betty face to face with the peril that exists in her own hometown, everything she knows turns upside down. The world isn’t as fair or safe as she’d imagined. Her family is the Klan. Her friends are the enemy. And nothing makes sense anymore.
Although the world demands they stay apart, Alma and Betty forge a secret friendship. One that could cost them their lives.
Flowers in the snow
It was a good read & I enjoyed it.
This book takes Betty back to her childhood. It was a great read. I cried during some chapters. The book paints a dark picture of life in the south in the 60’s. You tend to think a small southern town would have been more immune to the racism, not the center of it. It was an ugly time in America, yet 3 children found a way through it to love and forgiveness.
Flowers in the Snow
Unbelievable that people actually had to live with such hatred. Very well told.