A friend who lives in Brazil told me he liked this book very much and thought I would also like it. He was absolutely right. I loved it. This is a very special story that weaves a fascinating tale about an unexpected friendship, in a time and place most of us know very little about. Though relatively recent, taking place shortly after World War II in the American south, it's almost like reading an account of another time, in far more distant history. Much of it is told in the vernacular and really creates a small time capsule of a time and place that makes for fascinating reading. This story will surprise you and warm your heart. As you read it, you feel as though you are actually seeing the images. It totally captures your interest and the writing virtually flows. It's true southern gothic; an unusual, wonderful and well written story. Reminiscent of "To Kill a Mockingbird". An excellent read.