Walker does not state the geographic setting outright, but we can surmise that Mama’s small farm is located somewhere in rural Georgia. Mama daydreams about being on the Johnny Carson Show and reuniting with Dee in front of a sea of white faces.
The story is narrated in the first-person point of view by a mother who lives with her shy and unattractive daughter, Maggie, who was scarred in a house fire as a child.
They are nervously waiting for a visit from Maggie's sister, Dee, to whom life has always come easy.
American writer and activist Alice Walker is best known for her novel "The Color Purple," which won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.
But she has written numerous other novels, stories, poems, and essays.