By Michael Morris

Erma Lee is at the run . . . working from an abusive husband . . . operating from a mom who does not care -- by no means cared. working from a soul-numbing manufacturing facility task that has held her down her complete lifestyles ... Erma Lee and her granddaughter, Cher, flee to the city of Wiregrass, Alabama, to flee the earlier and begin over -- or so Erma Lee thinks. Erma Lee types an not going friendship with pass over Claudia, an aged socialite who's hiding a number of information about her personal earlier. existence in Wiregrass is diverse for Erma Lee and Cher, for right here they locate mercy and promise -- till, that's, the day Cher's convict father arrives on the town, forcing all 3 ladies to come back to phrases with buried secrets and techniques.

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That was good news. The bad news was she said my better half had been calling for the past hour. I licked my lips and ran my hand over the top of my pulled back hair. ” “He’s an impatient thing,” she said and then sipped her coffee. I wanted to ask if he was drunk, but then I doubted if she’d ever been around such behavior. Miss Claudia looked angelic sitting at her pine table in a cream robe with embroidered roses on the collar. “You might as well call him. ” She pulled at one of the little satin roses.

Before I knew it, the chuckle erupted, and I slapped my soapy hand over my mouth. For a second I felt lighter. It was the first time I had laughed since leaving Cross City. Ladies from First Methodist paraded through the afternoons at Miss Claudia’s. I let each enter through the big white door with the brass door knocker. Big or skinny, with gray or dyed-blue hair, they all had the same little turned-down smile that I decided must be required with the Methodists. A woman by the name of Elizabeth was the worst.

I looked for unsightly bulges as Cher zipped me up. Good thing I’ve kept my frame in line. Instead of the usual rubber band to hold my hair in a ponytail, I dusted off the black cloth barrette and clamped it to the long braid Cher had created. I gave a final inspection in the wooden mirror nailed to the back of my bedroom door. ” Cher smiled and nodded her head in approval. Miss Claudia had us walk around the living room one at a time while she sat in a wingback chair and bragged on us. Cher ate it up and twirled around with her hand on her hip.

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