Francie Grove is all alone. Since her mother died, shes held her
sadness inside, and sometimes it just seems too much to bear. When Francie
meets Ruthie, she finds a soul mate—someone who understands her
perfectly. But Francie is white and Ruthie is black. In Alabama in
1966, they live in a world where they arent supposed to be friends.
The people in the town turn vicious toward Francie because of prejudice,
but nevertheless shell never abandon Ruthie.
Tormented by her neighbors and the kids at school, Francie also struggles
with her father. Torn apart by her mothers death,
he drinks constantly and sometimes doesnt come home at night.
He secretly believes that his wifes death wasnt an accident.
Ruthie and her family are Francies only solace, and although they
dont yet know it, they hold the key to unlocking the mystery of
her mothers death.
This deep and powerful novel touches on the heartache of loss, the joy
of true friendship, and the core of true human relationships.