Scarlet Sister Mary by Julia Peterkin
Scarlet Sister Mary is set among the gullah people in the Low Country of South Carolina or Georgia. The date is never clearly established, but appears to be around the beginning of the twentieth century. The title character, Mary, was an orphan on an abandoned plantation who was raised by Auntie Maum Hannah and her crippled son Budda Ben. The description of Mary as 'Scarlet Sister' reflects the basic conflict in the novel as Mary is torn between her desire to be a member in good standing in the church and a desire to live a life of sin and pleasure.