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Describe Janie's heritage and what was her mother's life like?

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Janie grows up under the care of her grandmother because her mother ran off and left baby Janie behind.

After returning to Eatonville, Janie begins to open up about her history to her friend, Phoeby Watson, explaining why she has returned. As she relaxes with Phoeby, Janie tells her history and what has happened to Tea Cake. She tells Phoeby that she grew up playing with the white Washburn children in West Florida because her Granny worked for the Washburns, and she and Granny had a house in the family's backyard.

Janie's mother was the child...

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