Part 1, Chapter 1* Robert Smith attempts to fly to the other side of Lake Superior with handmade wings. * Robert Smith dies from the fall. * As a result of Smith's death, Ruth Foster is admitted to Mercy Hospital, which does not normally take black patients. * Ruth lives with her husband Macon Dead who despises her. * Macon Dead is a landlord who is doing well financially. * Ruth continues to breastfeed her children in order to have more human contact. * As a result of the prolonged breastfeeding, the son Macon is nicknamed Milkman. * Macon Dead also hates his sister, Pilate Dead. * Macon goes to Porter's house to try to get his rent. * Eventually, Porter passes out and Macon takes his money. * Macon hears his sister singing and is touched by the sound.
Part 1, Chapter 2* The Dead family goes for a Sunday drive. * Milkman grows to be 12 and has a 17-year-old friend named...
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