This book sheds so much light on minorities after the Civil War in the deep south. At a time where racism and classicism is still among hardened minds. This story pushes us to rethink how we classify each other. We are still grasping at what human rights is and how we can make the world better for those who are looked down upon.
Jo Kwan struggles to find her place in a society where she is either ignored or considered lesser because of her race. She finds herself frustrated with social niceties and injustices to her person. She starts writing a column addressing these in issues, in the guise of "Miss Sweetie".
She gives her approval to bicycles and woman's rights, and soon becomes a leading voice in the culture pushing controversial topics and handling them with ease. I really love Jo Kwan's story, she goes after truth and honesty with a reckless abandon, she lives life with purpose that is not much seen in any culture. She is her truest self and does not shy away from it.
This is a masterful, beautiful story full of unexpected joy and how a downstairs girl can rise above racism and find herself and her place in society.