This book is written in two voices, alternating chapters: an 89-year old white woman and a black woman hairdresser in her 30s. The book also goes from present time and back to the late 1930s. The old lady has developed a close friendship with her hairdresser and asks her hairdresser to drive her from Arlington, Texas, to Cincinnati for a funeral. Along the way, she talks about the (forbidden) relationship she had back then with the son of their housekeeper when they lived in Kentucky.
I read a bunch of reviews on Amazon and they all say these are unforgettable characters -- and they are -- just interesting characters you haven't met before. I read about 80 pages today, and I would have kept reading but hunger called.