Olivia? It's your father. He always identifies himself, even after all these years as my father. He was hammered. I nearly hung up on him.
Oh, god ...honey...It's your sister. He was weeping, too. What? What happened?
All your life you try to imagine what bad news sounds like, but when you actually hear bad news, it simply makes no sense; it's like being told the definition of a black hole by a physicist, directions by a local, the evidence of God by a priest. First you say,
Then, after it's repeated to you--
Copyright © 2004 by Elisabeth Robinson
Blood at the Root
"A gripping, timely, and important examination of American racism."
- PW Starred Review
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