Lunch-Box Dream is a story of two families during one week in June 1959. A white family—two brothers, their mother, and their grandmother—drives south from Ohio, visiting Civil War battlefields along the way. Simultaneously, a black family in Atlanta sends their young boy to visit relatives in a smaller town outside that city. These two stories aim toward each other, crossing only at a bus station at the end of the book. I’ve never liked spoilers, so I won’t say more than that, but the book explores family life and racism and is based on memories of a trip I took when my family lived in Cleveland.