Under the Broom Tree is a memoir chronicling the life of Annie Grace Chandler in Emanuel County, Georgia. Following the death of her mother, four-year-old Annie Grace Chandler and her brother, Buddy, get sent away by their father to live with relatives. Suffering abuse at the hands of their uncle, Annie Grace and her brother are eventually abandoned by him on a street corner. They are taken in by their aged grandparents until their deaths in the late 1930’s. Wanting to make something of himself, seventeen year old Buddy joins the Army and is sent to Germany during WWII. Left homeless, Annie Grace marries an abusive, alcoholic sharecropper 25 years her senior. Widowed after 12 years of marriage with eight children to raise, Annie Grace struggles to keep her poverty-stricken family together as she fights to suppress her fears of abandonment as a child. With the love and support of her beloved, but largely absent Buddy, she perseveres and outlives two more husbands and bears two more children. Annie Grace’s story shows the courage of a proud-spirited woman whose faith sustained her as she both struggled, and rested Under the Broom Tree.