The neglectful, often brutish husband of Eva Peace. BoyBoy marries Eva when she’s still very young, and is a loving, happy husband at first. But after Eva gives birth to three children, BoyBoy abruptly abandons his family, leaving Eva behind to take care of the children. BoyBoy returns to the Bottom several years later, finds Eva confidently raising her family, and then leaves once again, never to return. While he’s not mentioned many times in Sula, BoyBoy is one of the novel’s most important characters—we can sense that if he hadn’t left his family, Eva wouldn’t have become the woman she is.
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...respect from the people in the neighborhood. Everyone knows that she married a man named BoyBoy, and had three children: Hannah, Eva, nicknamed Pearl, and Ralph, nicknamed Plum. BoyBoy was an... (full context)
...named Rekus who died when Sula, their child, was three. Strangely—considering how much Eva hated BoyBoy—all of Eva’s children loved men. Although Eva herself was very old, she “had a regular... (full context)