This is a fantastic piece; it's kind of an American "Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit" meets "The Catcher in the Rye". Set in the second half of the twentieth century, it's the tale of a young girl growing up in the South of the USA, and dreaming of moving away to the big city. The story is great, and it's brilliantly written - funny, moving, literate - I couldn't put it down. If you are a lesbian, read it immediately and memorise the best bits to cheer you up when you need it. Put it on your shelf next to something by Jeanette Winterson or Sarah Waters. If you are not, read it anyway. I promise you'll love it.