A Small Southern Town Spells Trouble

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When the first-person narrator comments on the number of bullet holes in the county's highway border sign , you know there is going to be trouble. Add in the fact that Avery , the narrator, is a strong-willed teenager, and her parents are different races. That latter fact might not seem so important in 2022, but Avery's parents have left Washington,D.C., and entering the territory of Mom's old home, a small town in the Deep South, and time may have stood still when it comes to society's attitudes and prejudices. Avery's lip piercing might seem important to people meeting her for the first time in this rural and rundown area; however, Avery's life is about to take a new turn as she decides on her true identity and how she wants to live her life.