When Belle Prater disappears, Belle's boy Woodrow comes to live with his grandparents in Coal Station, Virginia. Woodrow's cousin, Gypsy, is the town beauty, but she has hidden sorrows and secrets of her own. She wonders how Woodrow can accept his mother's disappearance when she's never gotten over her father's death. That's when Woodrow tells Gypsy the secret about his mother.More
"White gives her protagonists the courage to face tragedy and transcend it - and the ability to pass along that gift to the reader." (Publishers Weekly)
"Ruth White creates a satisfying feeling of community.....An admirable, stirring book." (The New York Times Book Review)
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