Brown Girl Dreaming

Kay is Jacqueline’s aunt and Mama’s sister, with whom Mama is extremely close. When Mama and the children move to New York, they move in with Kay and her boyfriend, Bernie. Aunt Kay dies from a fall not long after the family moves into the apartment below her. Mama, who was extremely close to Kay, takes her death very hard.
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Aunt Kay Character Timeline in Brown Girl Dreaming

The timeline below shows where the character Aunt Kay appears in Brown Girl Dreaming. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 2: the stories of south carolina run like rivers
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...down the road from work while singing, a daily practice. She imagines his daughter, Aunt Kay, hearing him and thinking of home. When Gunnar is close enough, Jacqueline and her siblings... (full context)
Part 3: followed the sky’s mirrored constellation to freedom
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...found them, which turns out to be uninhabitable. Instead, they move in with their Aunt Kay and her boyfriend Bernie. (full context)
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herzl street. Jacqueline, Mama, and her siblings move into an apartment at Herzl Street. Aunt Kay and Bernie live upstairs. They socialize with other people from Greenville and elsewhere in the... (full context)
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caroline but we called her aunt kay, some memories. Jacqueline lists memories of Aunt Kay, thinking of her with her arms open for a hug, dressed up for a night... (full context)
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moving again. After Kay’s fall, the stairs, which the siblings used to climb to see Aunt Kay, seem strange... (full context)
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Unable to live in the apartment that reminds them so much of Kay, the family moves to a house on Madison Street. The landlord tells them that the... (full context)
Part 4: deep in my heart i do believe
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...want to learn. She tells Jacqueline about how Robert was stealing peaches while she and Kay stayed inside cooking, and how MaryAnn let them play outside that afternoon so they could... (full context)
Part 5: ready to change the world
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...Mama tells her that “everything happens for a reason,” and talks about how her sister Kay believed in fate. Mama tells her that the move to Brooklyn was part of their... (full context)