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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The book arrived quickly and in good condition. Lena just begins to feel comfortable, and just begins to identify, and suddenly they all leave, forcing her to stand on her own with all the new knowledge.

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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Her fifth novel, Taking After Mudeara sequel to her bestselling Ugly Ways, will be the lead title on DownSouth Presss first list in the ansaa of The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. 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 very young girls engage in sexual play without realizing what they are doing.

Paperbackpages. Just before she does though, a pair of small hands reach forward and grab her and begin to pull her into the picture effortlessly.

She Say”, a list of fiction by Black women. I had read so many great things about the author that I decided oof check out all her books starting from the beginning with Baby of the Family. Lena wants to give up this seemingly feeble attempt to assert her position and she wishes to just be normal, but her grandmother will not let her: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves.

I can only speculate. Nov 17, Shawn rated it really liked it. Jul 14, Bev rated it really liked it. I picked this book up after reading about Mudear and the hilarious characters of Mulberry in “Ugly Ways. Still one of my favorites. Hart 4 Birth, Veil, and Tea Where we begin to diverge from the black-and-white analyses of the gina and story, the real argument of the paper follows.

Aug mcelrou, Ramona Terry rated it it was amazing.

Baby of the Family by Tina McElroy Ansa

Hence, Lena is plagued by ghosts and demons. She attends school and is able to form friendships quickly, but the unfortunate aspect of her ghost visions leads her to be ostracized among her classmates, especially the girls.

Now you got to claim what is yours. And we can see that even though she is only three years old, the gift of her caul has given her a surprisingly powerful intellect that allows her to almost narrate to herself the strange events she witnesses.

Bennett uses these to remind us famuly that historical aspect and to highlight the straightforwardness of her message. Christopher Okonkwo English December 6, The Natal Veil and its Implications in Two African-American Texts To accurately place a mdelroy into the context of a story, and vice versa, one must first understand the concepts, themes, and settings behind each.

It was kind of creepy at times, with the protagonist seeing ghosts and spirits. Refresh and try again.

I’m not sure I really liked it, but I did appreciate getting a better understanding of African American culture around that time period. Ansa launched an independent publishing company, DownSouth Press, with a focus on African-American literature. At last we can rest easy knowing that Lena has flourished into oof proud, hopeful woman and has escaped the influence of her mother.

Lena was born with a caul over her face.

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Girl born in a caul with special gifts. Baby of the Family. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs.

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: This book was very interesting. Ansa is a great author.