The Girls in the Stilt House
Why this book?
This recent debut novel features two young women who are enmeshed in the racist and sexist culture of 1920s Mississippi. Ada, the white girl, deals with an abusive father and gets away for a time, but then has to go home, while sharecropper Matilda plans to get to the North and start a new life there. Bootleggers and human predators bring them into an uneasy alliance to gain their freedom.