When Trina Sims and Jenny Bryan first meet, they don't relate well to each other. Jenny is troubled, struggling to escape personal demons, and somewhat close-minded, the result of living in a racist town. Trina is a proud Black woman, ambitious, strong-willed, and unafraid to speak her mind. But after the pair spend a few days together, they soon realize that they're both yearning for understanding, a fresh start and, at the heart, are more alike than different.
At the deep center of every tree can be found the heartwood -- the very soul of the tree. And at the heart of this illuminating novel are several characters in rural Kentucky communities whose lives are loosely connected yet inexplicably intertwined. This captivating story by National Book Award-winning author Nikky Finney is filled with the sights and sounds and hopes and hurts of a land and its people. Some are burdened with racist attitudes, anger, and fear, while others strive to see the good in others.
This expanded edition, with a new foreword from Finney, is chock full of lessons about life and understanding, and exudes with soul, energy, and vitality. This "tiny little book about the human heart and what it can do" encourages its readers to live audaciously while acknowledging the goodness that is all around us -- if we only strive to recognize and embrace it.