Pattyn was raised in a religious family where women were meant to obey their husbands. And yet, as she raises her 6 younger sisters and watches her mother each week we beaten by her father, she can't help but wonder if she believes the same things as her family and community.
After being caught in a compromising position with a boy, she is sent away for the summer to her estranged Aunt Jeneatte. There, experiencing freedom for the first time, Pattyn is able to work through her thoughts and beliefs.
This is a captivating story told in verse. Originally published (at least the copy I read) in 2006, there is a sequel announced for this fall. After the last few pages, I am seriously waiting for Smoke to be published.