Just Us Women: 03/04/17
Just Us Women by Jeannette Franklin Caines is a picture book about an aunt and her niece taking a leisurely drive to a family event. The unnamed niece narrates this picture book story of all the detours she and Aunt Martha will have.
In the road narrative, the typical happy-go-lucky protagonist is a white middle class male, usually in his teens or early twenties. Or if it's a midlife crisis story, he's older and is using the open road to rediscover himself. Everyone else often runs the risk of something bad happening to them along the road.
Here there is none of that. Here there is just two black women enjoying a blue highways trip. They stop to buy fruit and vegetables. They stop to dance in the rain.
This is a joyful book.