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 an area white lady shook Itna Homa to its middle and ended in the conviction—based on circumstantial evidence—of a tender black guy. Now desegregation on the college of Mississippi is the debate of town, and worry and prejudice once more threaten to rip neighbors and households apart.
For middle-aged housewife Allie McCall, the civil rights stream bargains a welcome chance to reassess her personal lifestyles. She is open to the hot rules approximately race, type, and gender which are sweeping the rustic, and wanting to see them achieve higher popularity in her fatherland. stunning 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 pals to talk up. yet her quest has one other, extra own component—it was once Allie’s mom who was once killed all these years in the past, and Elgie Hale, the fellow accused of the crime, has lately escaped from criminal. Allie will probability everything—her marriage, her security, her principles—to tune down Hale and confirm his guilt or innocence as soon as and for all.
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