This story deals with the isolation that is common to people no matter what their income or race or status. It centers around a deaf-mute, John Singer, in a southern mill town in the 1930's, and the various people who are drawn to him:
Mick Kelly, a 14 year old tomboy who loves music.
Dr. Copeland, a well-educated African American doctor.
Jake Blount, an alcoholic carnival worker and labor organizer.
Biff Brannon, a cafe owner and silent observer of his patrons.
The book was very well written and I rate it 4 out of 5. It is my fifteenth book for the New Author Challenge 2010 (my goal was 15 books - so I met my goal!) and my book club's current month's selection.