Ro Grandee is the perfect Texas housewife. She is determined not to be like her mother, who left her with her abusive father when she was a little girl. She’s going to be perfect for her husband, who might just kill her someday. Beneath Ro’s surface lurks Rose Mae Lolley, a teenaged Alabama spitfire who is brought to the surface when Ro meets a gypsy woman at the Amarillo airport who tells her that her husband is going to beat her to death unless she gets him first.
Rose Mae was a minor character in Jackson’s first novel, gods in Alabama. As much as I loved gods and as well-written as this book is, I just didn’t like it as much as I wanted to. I think it’s because it was darker than I expected and I wasn’t in the right mood for a dark book when I read it. Although it is a well-told story, I don’t think I’ll read it again.