This story is told from the perspectives of 12 year old CeeCee, who witnessed the deterioration of her mother Camille's mental illness. When a tragic "accident" ends Camille's life, CeeCee is picked up by her wealthy great-aunt Tootie to live with her in Savannah.
CeeCee learns to come to terms with the abandonment of her father and the grief of the loss of her mother. Surrounded by the love and wisdom of the housekeeper Oletta and Tootie's circle of friends, CeeCee flourishes. This is a colorful novel about the friendship of women and letting go of the hurtful past. As Oletta aptly put, "Don't go wastin' all them bright tomorrows you ain't even seen by hangin' on to what happened yesterday... Just breathe out and let go" (p.290.) It is an enjoyable read!