Octavia E. Butler

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Meaning of the Title
It refers to the various familial connections in the novel including: Dana is the descendent of Rufus and Alice. Dana is beginning a new family with Kevin. Dana comes to identify with the slaves as family members. Noth Dana and......

........Major Themes
The Horrors of Slavery, Obsessive Love, and the Human Need for Freedom


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