Brown Girl Dreaming


Jacqueline Woodson

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Grandma Grace Character Analysis

Grandma Grace is Jacqueline’s paternal grandmother. Grandma Grace, like Mama, is from the South, and the two bond over how much they miss their home. After Jack and Mama separate and the family moves to South Carolina, they fall out of contact with Jack’s side of the family, including Grandma Grace.

Grandma Grace Quotes in Brown Girl Dreaming

The Brown Girl Dreaming quotes below are all either spoken by Grandma Grace or refer to Grandma Grace. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Memory Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Nancy Paulsen Books edition of Brown Girl Dreaming published in 2014.
Part 1 Quotes

My time of birth wasn’t listed
on the certificate, then got lost again
amid other people’s bad memory.

Related Characters: Jacqueline (speaker), Mama / Mary Ann, Jack, Grandma Grace
Page Number: 18
Explanation and Analysis:
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Grandma Grace Character Timeline in Brown Girl Dreaming

The timeline below shows where the character Grandma Grace appears in Brown Girl Dreaming. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1: i am born
Memory Theme Icon another, suggesting that she was born at different times and in different conditions. Grandma Grace believes she was born in the morning, while Mama remembers her birth in the afternoon... (full context)
The North and The South Theme Icon
my mother and grace. Jacqueline describes Mama’s relationship with her mother-in-law, Jacqueline’s paternal grandmother, Grace. Both hail from the same city in South Carolina, and they bond over this shared... (full context)
Religion and Spiritualism Theme Icon
Meanwhile, Mama still mourns Odell’s death as she nurses her new baby, Odella. Grace tells Mama the baby is a gift from God to replace her brother, but both... (full context)