[A] "trenchant tale of a girl's coming-of-age in the late 1950s. Written in crackling hill-country vernacular, by turns funny, tender, sweet and sad, this is a moving testament to the power and resiliency of the spirit." --Starred, Publishers Weekly
"Beautifully written, heartwarming, and--ultimately--joyous."
"Her voice is strong, and the setting of the novel is rich in regional detail."
--School Library Journal
"The sweep of the novel is admirable -- four years, countless characters -- as is the rhythm of a slower and more innocent time."
--The New York Times