“Rich and absorbing… sometimes gorgeous, sometimes terrifying, this novel marks the debut of a talented writer”
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Celeste Tyree has led a somewhat privileged life. Having grown up in Detroit she is now a sophomore at the University of Michigan. The daughter of a prominent business owner, she has never experienced the hard life that some young black people have. Celeste thinks she knows what life is all about. But it is the summer of 1964 and the situation in Mississippi has begun to heat up. The Summer of Freedom draws Celeste to the small Mississippi town of Pineyville.
With orientation in Jackson, Celeste quickly learns that she doesn’t know “what it’s like to be black” and that the white volunteers understand more about the rules that blacks must follow just to survive.