What a time to read this book. Like The Grapes of Wrath, this story highlights the egregious injustices suffered by poor and coloured people and their children at the hands of their white controllers. Society’s vulnerable exploited by the rich and powerful. It was harrowing reading, especially for a privileged white woman. The underground railroad was a fascinating idea and I wished it had been more central to the story. I also wanted a hint of hope at the end but that would have been too easy. This book left me feeling unsettled and that’s a good thing.