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Did you suspect who Nan and the twins' fathers were before the truth was revealed?

Created: 07/11/18

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davinamw

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Did you suspect who Nan and the twins' fathers were before the truth was revealed?

Did you suspect who Nan and the twins' fathers were before the truth was revealed? Did you spot any hints early on in the plot?


Posted Jul. 15, 2018 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
rebeccar

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RE: Did you suspect who Nan and the twins' fathers were before the truth was revealed?

I thought I knew, but the blood type charts were a surprise. To be honest, I had to pause and look over the blood types more closely than I would read an ordinary sentence.


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Marcia S

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RE: Did you suspect who Nan and the twins' fathers were before the truth was revealed?

I suspected Juke of being involved. He seemed to be involved in anything bad in the book. We already knew that Freddie was Winnie's father.


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laurap

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By about halfway through the book , when Wilson started getting sick, I began to think that Genus was in fact his father (because of the sickle cell trait). Winna's parentage was clear from the beginning. Once Wilson was "assigned" to Genus, Nan's parentage came into question for me, and then the blood type charts made to facts clear.


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beckyh

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Yes, I had it figured out about 1/4 of the way through the book.


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melanieb

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I suspected Juke was Nan’s father early in the story when Juke didn’t mind having Nan around and seemed protective of her. When Oliver explained his medical work involving sickle cell anemia and discussed the findings of Genus’ autopsy, I realized Genus was Wilson’s father.


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JLPen77

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I started getting suspicious when Oliver talked about Genus’s missing spleen and sickle cell, and then the baby Wilson kept getting sick.


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karenrn

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I was suspicious when I found out that Juke used to sleep with Nan's mother.When Wilson kept getting sick I suspected Genus was his father. If Genus was Wilson's father I knew the Jessup traits came from Nan. A lot of people make it sound like Juke knew he was Nan's dad but I don't think he did. Is there somewhere in the book that shows that Juke knew?


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llsmill

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I had a strong feeling that the black child was Nan's because of the talk around town of his love for black women
and the way he made excuses when he made her get up in the middle of the night to join him in the still house. E!ma only had one male boyfriend that was mentioned except for Fredie Wilson, the landlord's son. After Nan's baby started to get sick and fussed Everytime he ate and they had trouble soothing him it made me think of Genus and his abdominal pain. Then I went back to Juke loved black women and how he lived with Nan's mom ad Nan and Elma my suspicions were correct.


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MarieA

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RE: Did you suspect who Nan and the twins' fathers were before the truth was revealed?

Yes, I suspected as a result of clues the author presented throughout the novel.


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juliaa

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RE: Did you suspect who Nan and the twins' fathers were before the truth was revealed?

I guessed about Nan early on, but it took me longer for the "twins."


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josephinej

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RE: Did you suspect who Nan and the twins' fathers were before the truth was revealed?

I thought Henderson was really skilled at both dropping hints here and there and yet putting red herrings in our way. Like other readers, I started to suspect when Wilson got so sick, and much had been made of Genus' sickle cell syndrome.


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cindyj

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RE: Did you suspect who Nan and the twins' fathers were before the truth was revealed?

Yes, I thought Juke was responsible almost from the start at least for Wilson.


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swchis39

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The author displayed clues along the way but it took me awhile to realize the truth. It is better to not figure the truth out early in a novel. The suspense keeps younreading


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shannonl

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RE: Did you suspect who Nan and the twins' fathers were before the truth was revealed?

I thought the potential/probable father became obvious about half way through the novel. It didn't make a difference in how I read the rest of the novel but by the end it was "okay, now what."


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johnw

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RE: Did you suspect who Nan and the twins' fathers were before the truth was revealed?

The author did a skillful job at including hints throughout the book and then distracting you as to confuse you and keep you guessing. When Wilson got sick then it became obvious Genus was the father.


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taking.mytime

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RE: Did you suspect who Nan and the twins' fathers were before the truth was revealed?

I was suspect to the parentage of both Winnie and Wilson. However, I was also suspect of the parentage of Nan. I was sure I had figured it out just before it was revealed.


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