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Book Club - Basically Southern
Promise is based on a real event, an F5 tornado that decimated Tupelo, Mississippi in 1936. Author Minrose Gwin is a native of Tupelo who decided to write the story of the tornado when she discovered that the death toll--more than 200--only counted Tupelo's white citizens. The city was one-third black at the time. Gwin invents two families, one white, one black, and follows them through the immediate aftermath of the storm. Compelling characters, heartbreaking history, and beautiful writing make this a book that stays with you. I especially liked the main character, Dovey, whose backstory is particularly devastating. She is remarkably strong, as is Jo, the teenage daughter of the white family whose laundry Dovey has done for a lifetime. You will grow to love and pull for these characters and the town of Tupelo, flawed as it is.