Everything you need to understand or teach The Night the Lights Went Out by Karen White.
The Night the Lights Went Out, by Karen White, combines Southern culture, murder, and revenge, as well as lessons about finding friendships in odd places. Recently divorced Merilee Talbot Dunlap and her elderly Southern landlady Alice “Sugar” Prescott both see something in each other that seems familiar. Even though Sugar is determined to keep to herself, she finds herself connecting with Merilee and eventually saving Merilee's life. Themes in the novel include the motherhood, the importance of friendship, and the impact of loss.