I think it is a disservice to the book to describe it as an african american modern day Gatsby. It is a story about the substance of a woman' life both Ava and her mother sylvia in a town in North Carolina where they industry has all closed down. It is a story about what they are allowed to want in post Jim Crow south and what they will allow themselves to want. Little happens in the traditional novel sense but the characters stay with you.

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