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Octavia Butler's novel Kindred is titled this because the protagonist, Dana, learns about her family history—in other words, who her kin were—throughout the novel.

One day in 1976, Dana is inexplicably and suddenly pulled into the past. She is an African American woman and lands on a plantation in the antebellum South. Of course, because of the historical context, the people assume she is a slave, so she is forced to work on the plantation. Dana travels back and forth between the 1970s and the antebellum period and, on her journeys, comes to a greater, fuller understanding of her ancestry. Namely, she learns that plantation owner Rufus is a...

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