Southern culture, long friendship, racial tension, family tragedy, healing the past.
Little Tea, (whose real name is Thelonia Winfrey) is the story of those long-lasting female friendships that see you through a lifetime, wherein there’s shared history; language; and sense of humor. The narrator, Celia Wakefield, returns to the Deep South to visit 2 childhood friends because one of them is confused about her marriage. While there, Celia revisits the past she tried to outrun. She spent part of her childhood at her family’s 3rd generation land in Como, Mississippi with her best friend, Little Tea, in a time when the social mores concerning racial integration had yet to fully evolve. Because Celia is white and Little Tea is Black, the friendship set the dynamic of a trajectory of events that haunt Celia decades later. It is the weekend spent with her friends at the lake in Heber Springs, Arkansas that allows Celia to reconcile her past.