An unsolved murder at the Quik Pik propels us into twenty-four hours of rich comedy and fast action in the North Carolina town of Marshboro. Two memorable presences are Granner Weeks, a white widow, and Fannie McNair, a black housekeeper. They know that people learn to live by living with each other—in each other's ways and in each other's hearts. "With these JULY 7th and The CHEER LEADER...?cCorkle emerges as the most exciting young American writer of fiction to come along in years."—Cleveland Plain Dealer.