1. What are Essie and Laura doing at the opening of this novel?
Comparing memories of the Palm Sundays, Easters, and church-going habits of their childhoods.
2. What would be a general description of Laura?
Large breasted, sexual, sensual, and fond of her liquor.
3. What would be a general description of Essie?
Essie is overweight, has a beautiful singing voice, and has a sixteen-year-old daughter.
4. Who starts a church a few blocks from where Essie and Laura sit?
A reformed pimp.
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