Elsie Erwin is thrown for a loss when her mother dies. She and her mother have lived together in a small house in Gaston County all of Elsie’s life. And through those many decades Mama communicated to Elsie a fear of germs, defilement, family, other people–really life itself. At Mama’s funeral a cousin shares some family history with Elsie that helps explain her mother’s attitudes, but this new knowledge upsets Elsie. Elsie’s one true friend, Bertha, steps up to help by whisking Elsie off on trips–to Florida in the summer and a cruise to the Bahamas in the winter. Together the women have their share of innocent escapades and a few scrapes. Still, when she’s at home, living in her old house proves too much for Elsie. It is the interest and concern of an older man that reveals to Elsie the sweetness in life–and her true heritage.
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