Prologue, The River, and The Fire: Summary and Analysis

New Characters
Edana (called Dana throughout the novel): A 26-year-old African American woman, the first-person narrator of the novel.

Kevin Franklin: The narrator’s husband, who is later revealed to be Caucasian and 15 years older than Dana.

Rufus Weylin: A red-headed boy who lives in the world that Dana disappears to, who Dana will later realize is her ancestor.

Alice: A free black who lives on the edge of the Weylin property, also Dana’s ancestor.

Summary
“I lost an arm on my last trip home. My left arm,” the narrator, Dana, states to open the novel’s prologue. She goes on to explain that she does not understand how her arm...

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