The Flowers is a short story written by Alice Walker in 1970. Today, Walker is one of the prominent writers of African American realistic literature as a genre. Alice Walker set The Flowers in the deep south of America. It is the story of loss of a little girl's innocence: the protagonist is Myop, an African American girl who lives in her own world of imagination.
Myop belongs to a sharecropper family. Walker's narrative portrays the time period of 1860, as sharecropping started only after 1860. It also shows the racism against black people as the man was lynched and his teeth were broken, and Myop's childhood is over now, just like the summer.