Fifth Born II: The Hundredth Turtle

Fifth Born II The Hundredth Turtle Fifth Born II The Hundredth Turtle is sequel to the novel Fifth Born Set in New York s Harlem and in rural Mississippi during the late s and s the novel is reminiscent in tone to Alice Walker

Fifth Born II The Hundredth Turtle is sequel to the novel Fifth Born Set in New York s Harlem and in rural Mississippi during the late 1970 s and 80 s, the novel is reminiscent in tone to Alice Walker s The Color Purple The story is rich in its portrayal of both the urban and rural spirit, and prolific in its human teachings that demonstrate the love necessary for reconFifth Born II The Hundredth Turtle is sequel to the novel Fifth Born Set in New York s Harlem and in rural Mississippi during the late 1970 s and 80 s, the novel is reminiscent in tone to Alice Walker s The Color Purple The story is rich in its portrayal of both the urban and rural spirit, and prolific in its human teachings that demonstrate the love necessary for reconnecting with family members estranged by family violence When Odessa Blackburn is first left in Mississippi to negotiate a new life with her ostracized mother Ella Mae, the strains of family propaganda, puberty, and life away from her siblings make for compounded heartache Odessa and Ella Mae must negotiate toward patience and a new way of loving without violence Soon mother and daughter build a bridge out of their broken lives over which Odessa s oldest brother Lamont crosses The novel blossoms into the story of these young adult siblings Though the two are estranged early in childhood by the lies and myths born of family pain, they become emotionally reliant on each other for a sense of family Following Lamont s death from AIDS, Odessa is faced with her own grieving, and with fulfilling Lamont s request for connection with their estranged siblings The novel s arc takes the reader over the complicated waters of family division due to incest and homophobia Against a contrasted backdrop of pastoral bluesy tones of Mississippi and jazzy asphalt and graffiti rifts of Harlem, these difficult subjects are traversed melodically and lyrically The reader is offered the triumphant depiction of an adult survivor who overcomes obstacles set against her at birth and safely returns home.

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  1. How much time does it take to make a mess, to crash a car, to rape a child, to blow up a building? To destroy or damage anything or anyone? Not long. If the possibility of recovery or reconstruction or reinvention exists after devastating events occur, how long does it take to repair the damage, re-create what was destroyed, or say goodbye to what's gone and give birth to a different life? Just how long are we talking about? Well, it's a brick-by-brick, tear-after-tear, inch-by-inch thing. In FI [...]

  2. I was really excited to read this book. I actually requested that our library purchase the book. I enjoyed the first book Fifth Born much better. I think this book did a good job of doing a re-cap in the beginning about the previous book. I wasn't expecting the storyline to go in the direction it did. In reference to the title It's mentioned briefly at the beginning and end of the book. To me it's not very significant. I did happen to find an error, missing a period. I felt the book was relatabl [...]

  3. Part 2 portrayed Odessa maturing as she continued to bond with Ella Mae, & her love for her brother Lamont. They were two who showed her unconditional love, & honestly cared for her well being. Well written, detailed follow up.

  4. I actually liked this one better than the first one. I recommend reading both to get the complete story. Beyond the storytelling, the writing is poetic and seductive --- it pulled me into the world she described, almost against my will.

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