At its core, Thank You, Mrs. M. is a story of a young man who has his college education, as well as room and board for his siblings, paid for in exchange for doing an hour's worth of recording on a tape recorder. In the beginning, he answers the questionnaire that "Mrs. M" has sent him. As the story progresses he talks more about how his day goes, who he sees and how his education has progressed. One "thing" the reader learns is that he has a tutor at school and that, as time goes on, something more develops.
Throughout the story, the reader learns who Ben is, how he interacts with his family, and how he grows and blossoms. The reader sees how Ben changes as he learns more about the world beyond what he knew in his old neighborhood and how he still remains the same - through his love of family, love of learning, and, yes, love of a certain lady.
Thank You, Mrs. M. is a wonderful read. One enjoyable aspect was learning of the give and take between the characters as seen from Ben's viewpoint when he sends his recordings and, at times, his E-Mails. Another was seeing how the characters grew and changed as their circumstances changed. This is a poignant and enjoyable read.