"In the South, if a woman isn't married by age twenty-five, it's time for an intervention." This is the basis behind Delilah and Edna Thibodeaux's dogged determination to make sure their beloved Jezze doesn't end up an old spinster, like her mother and aunt. But what happens when the eccentric antics of the young girl's crazy Cajun aunt and mother put her search for Mr. Right on a 25-year deadline to potential disaster? And why should she have to prove that they are the experts in marriage intervention, anyway? Because she loves them? Yeah, probably.
Against the backdrop of the civil rights movement, White Gloves and Collards is the story of a privileged childhood in Edenton, North Carolina, a small southern town that cherishes its customs and history as symbolized by the Confederate Monument at the foot of Broad Street. As she copes with the untimely deaths of her parents, young Helen observes how the community is coping with a different kind of loss - an end to the Jim Crow rules of behavior they've always lived by.