Warning: this post will make you thirsty!
Turns out, readers really respond to the scene in LEAVING GEE'S BEND where Mrs. Cobb gives Ludelphia her very first Coke. And it shows up in the sweet notes and cards I receive. Aren't these great?
One of the stories I like to tell kids during my school visits is how I had to research Coke for the book: I had to pretend to be Ludelphia and drink Coke from a bottle, as if I had seen it advertised as it was in 1932 -- Ice Cold Sunshine -- and as it was my very first one.