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Preface: Great Expectations Maya Angelou ix Foreword: Reflections on Family Pearl Cleage xiii Introduction: Making Up the Truth Rosemarie Robotham xvii FIRST LIGHT Rachel * Tina McElroy Ansa 3 The Circling Hand * Jamaica Kincaid 20 The Driving Lesson · Gerald Early 35 Holy Cross Hospital * Toi Derricotte 42 Bright Thursdays . Olive Senior 46 The Myth of Music - Rachel M. Harper 64 MYTH-MAKING Ocean * Shay Youngblood 69 The Book of the Dead * Edwidge Danticat 85 Show Business Martha Southgate 98 A Son in Shadow * Fred D'Aguiar 111 On Earth * Jacqueline Woodson 128 Three Sonnetsfor Mister Kent * Kendel Hippolyte 137Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Short stories, American African American authors, African American families Fiction, African Americans Fiction, Families, Black Fiction, Domestic fiction, American