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- Stamps Arkansas in a black ghetto neighborhood where Maya lives with her grandmother and paralyzed uncle - St Louis San Francisco a junkyard and Southern California A brief incident takes place across the border in Mexico- starting from 1930s to mid-late 1900s she was born in 1928 2 Character I 1 Primary Characters- Maya a black girl with nappy black hair broad feet and a space between her teeth the narrator of the book the novels based on her growing up - Bailey Johnson Junior - Mayas older brother and a major person her life he gives her advice hes good looking intelligent and mischievous he loves his mother- Momma Henderson - Mayas grandmother she owns a black general store in Stamps Maya and Bailey come to live with her when their parents get a divorce Momma is the only black female entrepreneur in town She is devoted to her religion - Vivian Bibbie Baxter - Maya and Baileys mother a beautiful smart and willful lady She is a trained nurse but also makes a lot of money playing poker games in gambling parlors- Daddy Bailey - Maya and Baileys father he is a vain selfish and conceited man who is not a good father3 Character I 2 Secondary Characters- Grandmother Baxter - the childrens nearly white grandmother she is a precinct leader- Grandfather Baxter - dies a few years after Maya returns to Stamps- Uncle Willie - Maya and Baileys uncle he lives with Momma Henderson paralyzed since he was three- Dolores Stockland - Daddy Baileys girlfriend she is jealous of Maya and attacks her - Mrs Bertha Flowers - Mommas sophisticated friend who helps Maya - Mr Freeman - a past boyfriend of Vivians he rapes Maya and is killed by her uncles- Tom Tutti Ira Billy - Vivians brothers they are tough they beat Freeman to death after he rapes Maya- Daddy Clidell - married to Vivian poorly educated property
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