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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Sep 19, Elise rated it liked it. In the mea I had never heard of this book before it popped up on one of my lists put together from one of the Nancy Pearl Book Lust books, and likely would never have come across or read it, if I hadn’t.

This is one of my favs Wish I had discovered this story much earlier. Tina McPherson is born 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. She represents the old culture of West Africa including the high spirituality Surrency. In MarchMs. It went on to become an elongated coming of age story that concentrated on select moments of Lena’s adolescence. To a Dark Girl The poem is a twelve-line, three stanza devotion to black feminine beauty.

Baby of the Family by Tina McElroy Ansa

Jan 29, Sharon added it. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Nurse Brown takes steps to protect her from the evil aspects of this specialness, but her mother, not believing in the “old ways”, sabotages her efforts. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. English Choose a language for shopping. Tina McElroy Ansa born November 18, [1] is an African-American novelist[2] filmmakerteacherentrepreneur and journalist.


I’m reading as much to study the craft of the author as well as their story, and I was entertained throughout and am amazed at how good it is for a debut novel. There’s the sequel to this: This page was last edited on 20 Juneat I’m not sure I really liked it, but I did appreciate getting a better understanding of African American culture around that time period.

Retrieved from ” https: Remember me on this computer. This is hands down tjna of my favorite books.

Customers who viewed mxelroy item also viewed. Lena finds famil in the rear-view mirror of the family station wagon and for the firs time sees a living, soulful creature looking back. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. I’m the youngest of a southern family, so I could relate to a lot of this book. Jun 26, Ruby Hollyberry rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.

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An elderly nurse explains to Lena’s mother what she must do to keep Lena’s ‘gifts’ positive, but the mother regards such as nonsense and destroys the caul. It did not fulfill its promise. Works Referenced Sayers, Valerie. The caul is a mystical dimension of those beliefs that reckons a child with one is to have second sight Isaksen.

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Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. This is not something that I would have picked up on my own, but somehow it ended up on my to-read list.

It is full of strange happenings but, if you leave your mind open your heart will follow. You can read why I came to this decision here.

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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.

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

Return to Book Page. 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: From the moment of her birth in a rural black hospital in Georgia, Lena Mceproy is recognized as a special child, with the power to see ghosts and predict the future.

Hart 4 Birth, Veil, and Tbe Where we begin to diverge from the black-and-white mcelroyy of the poem and story, the real argument of the paper follows. I really enjoyed Tina McElroy Ansa’s books.