“How I hated T. Ray, and the girls at school, but mostly myself for taking away my mother” (Kidd 71).
"I;m leaving now. you tell your daddy im going out to town tomorrow
“It was May who did it, Zach” (Kidd 204).
Lily is a girl who grows up with the burden of killing her own motherat age of 4 and an abusive father. She is a runaway child and fugitive, she is set out on an adventure to find answers about her mother.
Rosaleen is the housekeeper for lily and she is a black female. She runs away with lily because she was beaten up and went to jail for insulting white men, lily helped her escape and are both fugitives.
Your left mother left you
August is a black independent woman. She has her own honey business and lives in a hot pink painted house. She has 2 other sisters. She lets lily and rosaleen stay for a few days.
“We can’t think of changing our skin,” he said. “Change the world—that’s how we gotta think” (Kidd 216).
May is one of august's sisters. She is very sentimental and cries over anything sad and spends most of her time in a wailing wall. She had a twin sister that was a victim of suicide. Later May too commits suicide.
T.Ray is the father of lily, he is a very abusive man to lily and always punished her when she misbehaved. He makes a living by selling peaches and always made lily work at the stand. He never gave love to lily.
Zach is a black teen who works for august. Him and lily get along very well and end up falling in love. Zach gets in trouble because of his friends and ends up going to jail, which is the cause why may committed suicide