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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 they’re ruined. Pilate Dead, Ruth’s sister-in-law sings a song: "Sugarman don’t fly off and leave me." Robert Smith jumps and dies and Ruth goes into labor.. More... (© PinkMonkey)

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