Baby of the Family [Tina McElroy Ansa] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Baby of the Family by Ansa, Tina McElroy. [] Paperback. Complete summary of Tina McElroy Ansa’s Baby of the Family. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of Baby of the Family. Born in 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.

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Jan 17, Jamal rated it really liked it. I couldn’t sleep after reading the first few pages of this book.

It was a very interesting story about a special little girl who grew up a little confused and a little scared because she could see things others couldn’t. May 13, Jesse Bullington rated it liked it. Grandmama’s painting, “Colored Folks Going to the Beach” needs to hang in my house!

Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, It is full of strange happenings but, if you leave your mind open your heart will follow. Share your thoughts with other customers. About Tina McElroy Ansa. This was a very good book. I’ve always heard from family members about babies born with veils being able to see ghosts, but I’ve never been convinced that it was anything other than superstition.

A wonderful story about family. Later, the book becomes a coming of wnsa story, which some readers found to be a cop out, but I didn’t find it disconcerting at all.

As she reaches, Lena loses her balance and begins to fall backward onto the bed. Ansa is an bahy gifted writer. This novel came to my reading list from Afmily Pearl’s Book Lust re Tina McPherson is mceroy in the Black hospital of a small town in Georgia with a caul over her face, and is from day one recognized as a “special” child. I had read so many great things about the author that I decided to check out all her books starting from the beginning with Baby of the Family.


Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Please try again later. Christopher Okonkwo English December 6, The Natal Veil and its Implications in Two African-American Texts To accurately place a poem into the context of a story, and vice versa, one must first understand the concepts, themes, and settings behind each.

Had the novel stayed true to the plot, I am sure it would have been a great read, but because it deviated and didn’t jump back on track until the end, the entire fmily was a let down. Considered “special” because she was born with a caul, believed to bestow sight into the future, Lena learns as a toddler I suppose they cut their African American fiction list down?

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I think it came from a very old list of books with lesbian themes, although I never found one in it except for a strange scene where two bagy young girls engage in sexual play without realizing what they are doing. This book was well-written and interesting and certain parts of it have stayed with me for quite a while. Retrieved from ” https: Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Simons Island, Georgia where she and her husband collaborate on making movies.

Tinx me this was an interesting look at what it would be like to grow up as a Black girl, roughly my age, in the American South.

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I feel like after awhile the plot went nowhere. Set up a giveaway. Skip to main content. Nov 04, Helen Ladson rated it it was amazing. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. There were some parts of the book that were like whoa!


Baby of the Family by Tina McElroy Ansa

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Then, the book shifted into a mcleroy of age story that took up the majority of the novel. I like how the chapters were broken down into either an event, a person, or a set subject and afmily focused on that part of Lena’s life. There is supposed to be a sequel to Ugly Ways called Taking After Mudear, but I’ve not been able to find it in any bookstore or library so far.

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But it seemed to be missing something; it didn’t seem complete to me. It is quite uncanny the similarities to how I grew up as the “baby of the family” in my home town. Lena is a girl who was familh with a caul. Once they become friends, Lena realizes she has more interest in her environment, thus more interest in her identity, than she has a fear of ghosts Boettcher. Read, highlight, and take notes, across bby, tablet, and phone.

Girl born in a caul with special gifts. I was very happy. As I pointed out, Sarah helps Lena learn to interact with others symbiotically; and Rachel shows her how to connect with her past.