"The book lays bare the cruelty and hypocrisy of Jim Crow throughout the novel, and its greatest strength is in how it sets up mysteries and gut-punch reveals. Readers will sometimes need a moment to catch their breath, even as they keep turning pages."
"...well-researched...The various relationships between the characters...are complex and well thought out...Gentile has accurately created a picture of the racial complexities of the Deep South..."
—Historical Novels Review
"Catherine Gentile brings Jim Crow to vivid, heartbreaking life in this tale of a complicated, endearing woman caught between the cruelty of her time and the emerging secrets of her own identity. Compelling, timely, and beautifully written."
–Monica Wood, author of One In a Million Boy
"...just plain excellent. Through its acuity of expression, emotional and psychological insight, and the unfolding of characters, it allows us to enter an historical period—the Jim Crow South—that is critical to understand racism today. ...imaginative work that hits home."
–Jeremiah Conway, PhD.