In this thoughtful and moving novel, four men find themselves inextricably bound together by their past histories. The aged Judge Clane dreams of resurrecting the confederacy, while his grandson, Jester, is involuntarily drawn to Sherman, a volatile black orphan who feels the sharp sting of racial injustice, especially when he finds out the truth about his parentage. Through the eyes of these individuals Carson McCullers explores the roots of racial prejudice and the dual moralities of the town's leading whites.
The greatest prose writer that the South produced ... She has examined the heart of man with an understanding that no other writer can hope to surpass
Of all the Southern writers, she is the most apt to endure
Again [McCullers] shows a sort of subterranean and ageless instinct for probing the hidden in men's hearts and minds