The story centers around the Atlanta Cotton Exposition of 1895. Three of the characters, Laurel, Willie, and Quincy, find well paying temporary jobs for the three months the exposition will be held.
Laurel works in the Silk Room weaving silk threads on a loom. Willie works as a security guard and Quincy as a groundskeeper. Differences in financial situations, social class, race and eduction all come into play in the story. Willie and Quincy have been best friends since childhood but many look on them disdainfully because of the race issue. It was heartbreaking to see how the treatment of the races was so horrible at that time. In my lifetime things have changed drastically but still far from perfect. An overnight incident in the silk room causes problems that questions who, how and why.
The author did a great job with the telling of each of their lifestyles and how it affected the way they lived and thought and carried on with their everyday lives. This is an eye opening book that should be read by all.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to write a review positive or otherwise.