Annie’s paternal grandmother is an elegant, tall redhead. Oma is alluring to Annie in her willingness to chat about adult subjects and include Annie in her daily domestic traditions. But Annie is also aware of a rivalry between Oma and her mother, who fight to have influence over Annie and Amy. Oma was raised very privileged, but Annie’s mother (and thus increasingly Annie as well) think of her tastes as tacky. She is, however, kind and generous to her family, even though she can also be close-minded and even racist.
The timeline below shows where the character Oma (Meta Waltenburger Doak) appears in An American Childhood. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...night for years. Her grandfather, Frank Doak senior, was a pot-bellied and funny banker; their grandmother Meta Waltenburger Doak, whom they called Oma, was kind and elegant, tall and redheaded. They... (full context)
...kids, and spent evenings playing cards on the porch or coloring in coloring books with Oma. When they left the Lake, they would rise early and drive through Mennonite country, over... (full context)
...a person’s interior life expands and thickens: she wakes up one day to discover her grandmother, then to discover boys. First there were the “polite boys” of Richland Lane, with parents... (full context)