By Laura Malone Elliott
Within the sticky-hot summer season of 1968, a 12 months in American heritage marked through assassinations, Vietnam conflict protests, and civil rights rioting, Alice faces a few making an attempt issues of her personal. Alice longs for a reference to her mom, who's attractive yet far away, stuck up within the look for a husband who can assist erase the reminiscence of Alice's father. Alice's friendship with Bridget, a tennis-playing Twiggy, introduces her to competitiveness and the shallow pettiness of spoiled wealthy ladies, as in addition to to the bias that many americans nonetheless believe towards black people.It is Alice's friendship with document, the kin gardener and handyman, that always brings her again to the truths that would form the decsions in her lifestyles. document reminds Alice that lifestyles is ready "passing the attempt" -- doing what is right.FLYING SOUTH celebrates a tender girl's coming-of-age in a fragile, relocating narrative that sings with the understated, but resonate, pleasures of lifestyles within the American South.
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My grandmother had entered all the flower shows— for daffodils, lilies, and roses. The desk in the living room was crammed full with ribbons. There was a bunch of silver cups Edna always had to polish that she’d won, too. Mama didn’t go in for that stuff. She wore minidresses and sang songs like “Blowin’ in the Wind” with the radio. ” I asked quietly. “What? ” Doc crammed a string of blooms into the vase before he said anything else. Finally, he spoke. ” He pointed to a beautiful rose with yellow petals edged in pink.
The leaf still lay just beyond my fingertips. No choice. I inched my arm through the V up to my armpit. My face was right up against a thicket of spikes. I wriggled my fingers, brushing the edge of the leaf. Come here, you blankety-blank thing. I twitched it toward me. Finally! I got it! I picked up the leaf, sighing with 33 relief. That’s when I did the really stupid thing. I jerked my arm back to get out of the V of claws. A whole jaw of thorns closed in on the tender underside of my arm. ” I screamed.
You know, a doctor-lawyer-Indian chief,” she joked, pointing to my shirt buttons and reciting the nursery rhyme. “And that just wasn’t me back then. Now I can see her point more. ” Mama sighed. ” I felt myself blush at the tone of her voice. “He always looked jaunty and windblown, like he’d just jumped out of the cockpit of a plane. You look a lot like him, Alice. And he could make 47 me laugh. Lord, he was funny. He was quicksilver, fire, and could talk love to take your breath away. When he took my hand .