Beginning with "Blood Money," Goodman turns from her personal foibles to portraying a South populated by strivers for whom the American dream has turned on and cannibalized in the name of progress. "Blood Money" reminds us that the South wasn't simply built on cotton. "Little River Town" relates the story of her sharecropper grandparents buying some land and making a go of it on their own, and their bemusement at their traveling, song-writing granddaughter. "River Rat Crawl" describes a small-town boy's journey to the big city once his prospects at home dry up. The closer, "Slough Water," expresses affection for the great Mississippi. Kudzu is complicated, and it invites us to share in Goodman's struggle to keep the good and confront the bad.
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