We Are All Welcome Here
35 year old Paige Dunn is confined to a wheelchair and only able to move her head. She contracted polio while pregnant with her daughter, Diana, and gave birth to her while in an iron lung. Diana's father left when he learned that Paige would not fully recover.
The action in the story occurs during the Freedom Summer of 1964 in Tupelo, Mississippi (the birthplace of Elvis). Diana is now thirteen and has been helping with her mother's constant needs since the age of ten along with the help of tough-talking black caregiver, Peacie. Paige, Diana and Peacie are all trapped in their lives. Paige tries, unsuccessfully at times, to keep control of her poverty-stricken household and live as normal a life as possible. Diana rebels against the constraints in her life. And Peacie longs to leave Mississippi with her boyfriend to join the civil rights movement in Memphis.
I've read many of Elizabeth Berg's novels and found this one to be a thought-provoking and well-written story.