Bankole is a 57-year-old African-American man who joins Lauren’s group on the road north. Trained as a medical doctor, he is a widower who is on his way to Mendocino, where he owns a 300-acre farm. Bankole’s sister, Alexandra, lives on the farm with her husband and children. Bankole is handsome, with a beard that reminds Lauren of Frederick Douglass. He and Lauren become lovers; although Bankole is disturbed by Lauren’s young age, they get along extremely well and discuss marrying. Bankole is devastated by the discovery that his sister and her family were likely killed on the farm; however, he is consoled by the founding of the new Earthseed community on his property.
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...gun, Harry comes over and mentions that he knows about what’s happening between her and Bankole. Later, Lauren and Bankole split off from the group to spend time alone. Lauren tells... (full context)
...writes that she has spent an entire day “talking, writing, reading, and making love to Bankole.” Jill and Allie have begun joining Zahra’s literacy lessons, and during the lesson the group... (full context)
...pass through Sacramento, and that night encounter a group of young teenagers eating human flesh. Bankole mentions to Lauren that he is heading to Mendocino, where his sister and her family... (full context)
...resistance among the group to the woman and child joining them; without thinking, Lauren mentions Bankole’s plot of land. Eventually they agree to take them, but Travis and Lauren stress that... (full context)
...and Doe were also debt slaves, based on their similarities to Emery and Tori. Unprompted, Bankole also remarks that there is something strange about Grayson. Bankole says it’s clear that Grayson... (full context)
...was dead. Lauren got up briefly, before collapsing when someone else was shot and killed. Bankole rushed over to her and pointed out that she was bleeding, something Lauren herself had... (full context)
...him as the group continues their walk. Later, Lauren discusses the incident with Emery and Bankole. Emery warns that the addicts will keep burning things until they use all the pyro... (full context)
...her about “the value of money.” The next time Lauren writes, the group has reached Bankole’s land. As Bankole promised, the property is very isolated. This is good for security, but... (full context)