A young Southern girl watches her mom and learns by example to waitress. The tips that are made, the ploys undertaken to get them, the judgments that are made about patrons and the bets the waitresses make regarding who will tip the most or the least make this story worth the read. There is a real distinction the mother in the story (and inherently the author herself) is making about Yankees versus Southerners.
It's a story about the type of hospitality and charm that both make and break young women in the South. This was a very smart and engaging read. Nice job by a fantastic southern female voice.