Baby of the Family

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1991 - Fiction - 265 pages
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Born in 1949 in a private blacks-only hospital in rural Georgia, Lena is the third child and longed-for first daughter of Nellie and Jonah, who own the local bar and liquor store. Considered "special" because she was born with a caul, believed to bestow sight into the future, Lena learns as a toddler that her special powers have more to do with the past: she can see and talk with ghosts. Despite her extraordinary talent, Lena is most memorable for the ordinariness of her everyday life: her first friendships, her years at school, her observations of her parents' sometimes stormy relationship, her grief at her grandmother's death.
 

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
9
Section 3
15
Section 4
24
Section 5
35
Section 6
50
Section 7
62
Section 8
76
Section 12
147
Section 13
155
Section 14
174
Section 15
191
Section 16
210
Section 17
221
Section 18
231
Section 19
239

Section 9
102
Section 10
115
Section 11
128
Section 20
250
Section 21
259
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Tina McElroy Ansa is the author of Baby of the Family, The Hand I Fan With, and You Know Better. A frequent contributor to the Los Angeles Times, Newsday, and Atlanta Journal-Constitution, she can be seen on the CBS News Sunday Morning segment Postcards from Georgia." She lives with her husband on St. Simons Island, Georgia.

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