Lauren’s father is rarely referred to by name, and we never learn his first name. He is an African-American Baptist minister, college professor, and dean, who works at a college near his gated community in Robledo, California. He is a leader of the community and is ashamed of the fact that his ex-wife, Lauren’s mother, was a drug addict. His second wife, Cory, is a teacher. Together, they have four sons: Keith, Marcus, Gregory, and Bennett. Reverend Olamina is a wise, kind, and fair person. He has an exceptionally close relationship with Lauren, who calls him “the best man I know.” However, he also has limitations, which mainly lie in his resistance to confronting reality and wishful thinking about the world going back to the way it once was. One day, the reverend goes to work and never comes back. After a week of searching, he is presumed dead. Lauren’s mourning is made worse by the uncertainty of not knowing what happened to him.
The timeline below shows where the character Lauren’s Father (Reverend Olamina) appears in Parable of the Sower. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...a city 20 miles away from Los Angeles that was once “unwalled” and “green.” After Lauren’s father ’s parents were murdered in 2010, he inherited their house, where he and his family... (full context)
...open wounds, and festering sores, which makes it difficult for Lauren to be around them. Lauren’s father believes that she can choose to overcome her “hyperempathy” syndrome, and though Lauren admits that... (full context)
...candidates, Christopher Morpeth Donner, has promised to eradicate the space program if he is elected. Lauren’s father agrees with this policy and plans to vote for Donner. Lauren believes that space is... (full context)
...of Lauren’s neighborhood robbed Mrs. Sim’s house in the aftermath of her death, even after Lauren’s father assures them that they are a small community who depend on one another and thus... (full context)
...writes that Joanne told her mother about their conversation, and that the news got to Lauren’s father . Lauren is furious, but grateful that they at least didn’t discuss religion (though she... (full context)
...watch becomes official. Once a week, the watchers meet for shooting and martial arts practice. Lauren’s father takes all his books back from her, but she doesn’t mind as she has already... (full context)
...that opens this chapter states that “all struggles are essentially power struggles.” On Keith’s birthday, Lauren’s father and Cory give him a BB gun. Keith shoots birds, threatens to shoot Marcus, and... (full context)
Two days later, Keith reappears without a scratch, wearing new clothes and shoes. Lauren’s father immediately destroys the BB gun, before viciously beating Keith. Afterward, Keith cries while Cory holds... (full context)
...the seventh “incident” since Keith’s death, and Lauren notes the irony of the fact that her father and Cory have been giving money to the victims from the money Keith gave them—“stolen... (full context)
...goes into her own bedroom, which is completely destroyed. She quickly bundles together clothes from her father ’s room, taking other items such as dental floss, soap, and petroleum jelly. She also... (full context)
...during the Black Liberation movement of the 1960s. Bankole is 57, one year older than Lauren’s father . While they are talking, Bankole hears shouts from inside a semi-collapsed house. They approach... (full context)