Right as Rain: A Novel
Title: Right as Rain: A Novel
Author: Bev Marshall
Placed side-by-side by their white employers, cook Tee Wee and housekeeper Icey forge a fractious bond based in their shared servitude and their equally painful pasts, a friendship that eventually serves to hold together the rural southern farm where they work.
A richly emotional novel spanning two decades in the Deep South, the story of Tee Wee and Icey — a cook and a housekeeper working side-by-side in rural Mississippi — as well as their children and the family that employs the two women, is a prism through which we view the universal: racial strife, shattered ties, secrets, and redemption. Illuminated by a resonant storytelling voice and dialogue that rings loud and true, Right as Rain provides indelible portraits of indomitable characters and an almost tangible sense of place, while revealing a deep understanding of race in mid-century America’s south.