By Joan Williams
Itna Homa, Mississippi, is like many small Southern cities within the early Nineteen Sixties. information travels speedy, gossip even speedier, and one grotesque incident has the facility to set the total neighborhood aflame. 40 years in the past, the homicide of a neighborhood white girl shook Itna Homa to its middle and led to the conviction—based on circumstantial evidence—of a tender black guy. Now desegregation on the collage of Mississippi is the controversy of town, and worry and prejudice once more threaten to rip buddies and households apart.
For middle-aged housewife Allie McCall, the civil rights stream bargains a welcome chance to re-examine her personal existence. She is open to the hot rules approximately race, type, and gender which are sweeping the rustic, and wanting to see them achieve larger attractiveness in her place of origin. surprising her husband, Tate, and confounding the neighborhood political institution, Allie enters the race for city constable opposed to a long-serving and bigoted incumbent. As a voice for revolutionary reform, Allie hopes to inspire her like-minded buddies to talk up. yet her quest has one other, extra own component—it used to be Allie’s mom who used to be killed all these years in the past, and Elgie Hale, the guy accused of the crime, has lately escaped from criminal. Allie will chance everything—her marriage, her safeguard, her principles—to music down Hale and verify his guilt or innocence as soon as and for all.
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