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October Brown and her sister Virgie have lost more than a family when their father kills their mother. Their internal response to this event is handled in two very different ways. The direction they take with their emotions is eloquently portrayed when October gives birth to a son, and decides to give him to Virgie to raise as her own. Using a minor theme of the upcoming jazz influence within the black community in the midwest before and after WW II, Claire takes the reader through the struggle of two sisters trying to make sense of their loss and reaching some kind of comfort in how the child they both love is raised. As more and more details are revealed, the reader is able to piece together a lost child-hood of two girls and their opportunity for forgiveness.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   very sensitive (sigh) Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Pregnancy/Child rearing    -   Yes Major part of story:    -   general child raising Coping with loss of loved one(s)    -   Yes Loss of...    -   mother

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   teacher Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Black (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   8 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest City?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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