"Perry is a careful storyteller, and the novel is well crafted. She has a gift for dialect; her characters speak simply and naturally, and their voices change as they age and as their circumstances change. Perry tenderly conveys the closeness of the small "colored" (to use the parlance of the day and the author's description) community of Johnson Creek, and the affection of the Mobleys for each other is palpable. She writes easily of the everyday, the commonplace: 'The porch was barely cooler than the sunny yard, but that was where the Mobley women sat, where they always sat, their hands full of something that must be done, must be sewn, beaten, shelled, crocheted, cleaned, knitted.'"
In a remarkable follow-up to her highly acclaimed first novel, Stigmata, Phyllis Alesia Perry chronicles the lives of three sisters who experience much more than the bond of family. Eva, Mary Nell, and Grace share with each other and with generations of their female ancestors the ability to see into the future and to remember the pain of the past, even of events long before their birth.