In Kuckachoo, Mississippi, 1963, Addie Ann Pickett happily swings in the yard, jumps double dutch, and teaches her trusty cat, Flapjack, new tricks. She worships her brother Elias and is proud of following in his footsteps by attending the Negro junior high school.
But when her own careless act leads to her brother’s disappearance, Addie Ann, Mama, and Uncle Bump are left to struggle on, not knowing if Elias is dead or alive.
Then a good deed meant to unite the citizens of Kuckachoo sets off a chain of explosive events. And although Addie Ann’s itching to reveal the whole truth, Mama’s rule is never tell white folks what they don’t want to hear.
As the months pass, Addie Ann’s family is sorely tested. Like her brother, Addie Ann understands the danger of silence. Now Addie Ann must decide whether to be a bystander to events or someone prepared to take action, no matter what the consequence.
Shana Burg sets a new standard in literary historical fiction with this powerful novel of personal growth. Set against the backdrop of the American civil rights movement in Mississippi, this heartrending story of Addie Ann Pickett’s mission to uncover the truth will hold readers in the grip of suspense from beginning to end.
Gripping…delivers an emotional wallop.