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A novel about four generations in an African American family, the
importance of family bonds,and one man's search for knowledge of
his own heritage. In 1931, an insurance sales person, Robert Smith,
dresses up in a blue superman outfit and stands on the roof of Mercy
hospital from which he plans to fly from across the Great Lakes.
Below him, a crowd gathers to watch. Among them is Ruth Foster,
her two daughters Corinthians and Magdelena called Lena. Ruth is
pregnant. She is carrying a basket full of red velvet roses which
she and her daughters have cut out. She drops them and everyone
runs to pick them up before theyre ruined. Pilate Dead, Ruths
sister-in-law sings a song: "Sugarman dont fly off and
leave me." Robert Smith jumps and dies and Ruth goes into labor..
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