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The central character, Brat, is a homeless waif who first appears sleeping in a dung heap “unwashed, unnourished, unloved, and unlovely. . . .” From a person with no hopes, no dreams, and no expectations she becomes the midwife's apprentice— a person with a name and a place in the world. An excellent portrayal of medieval England.
From its hilarious opening chapters to its shattering conclusion, The Watsons Go to Birmingham is a compelling novel that brings to life an African-American family. It draws together everyday events in such a way as to send the Watsons on a journey to Birmingham that will change them forever. The depiction of devastating events in Birmingham integrates the dichotomy of familial love and stability with the racial strife of the 1960s.