By Ernest J. Gaines

An affectionate and shaggy dog story set within the “black quarter" of a Southern sugar cane plantation within the Forties and instructed via a baby named Eddie, who watches his mom depart his father over his preoccupation together with his vehicle, which his father eventually burns to the floor at the suggestion of a voodoo lady to get his spouse again.

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Indd 59 10/15/13 10:13 PM E r n e s t J. G a i n e s front room. I get a string of spaghetti and suck it up in my mouth. When I hear her coming back, I stop and eat right. “Still out there,” she says. “Sitting on that ditch bank crying like a baby. Let him cry. ” Gran’mon goes over to the stove and sticks a piece of wood in the fire. She starts singing again: Oh, I’ll be there, I’ll be there, When the roll is called in Heaven, I’ll be there. When Uncle Al finish eating, he gets himself a cup of coffee.

Gran’mon is standing ’side the stove looking at me. I don’t like old Gran’mon. Shooting at my daddy—I don’t like her. ” Uncle Al asks. “Uh-huh,” I say. Uncle Al winks at me and wraps his spaghetti on his fork and sticks it in his mouth. I try to wrap mine on my fork, but it keeps falling off. I can just pick up one at a time. Gran’mon starts singing her song again. indd 59 10/15/13 10:13 PM E r n e s t J. G a i n e s front room. I get a string of spaghetti and suck it up in my mouth. When I hear her coming back, I stop and eat right.

William Joseph, you may leave,” Miss Hebert says. indd 42 10/15/13 10:13 PM A L on g Day in novemb er Billy Joe Martin runs over and gets his coat, and then he runs outside to shoot marbles. I stand in front of Miss Hebert’s desk with my head down. “Look up,” she says. I raise my head and look at Miss Hebert. She’s smiling, and she don’t look mad. “Now,” she says. ” “Yes, ma’am,” I say. “I want the truth now,” she says. ” It’s a sin to story in the churchhouse, but I’m scared Miss Hebert go’n whip me.

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