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A Yellow Raft in Blue Water  begins in a hospital setting. Rayona, a fifteen-year-old teenager with  long, frizzy hair, is visiting her mother, Christine, who claims to be sick. For the last two hours,  Rayona and her mother have been playing solitaire; Rayona's mother cheats at the game, and  Rayona lets her. When Rayona's father, Elgin, enters the hospital room, Rayona acts coldly toward him. She hasn't  seen him since her fifteenth birthday, five months earlier. Elgin and Christine, who are married but  estranged, do not get along either. He claims that she isn't sick (and Rayona agrees), but Christine  says that she is. She yells at Elgin to "go back to your little black girl" — Elgin's having an affair. We  learn that Christine is a Native American and that Elgin is black; thus Rayona is half Native  American, half black.
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