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Song of Solomon | Part Summaries

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Timeline of Events

  • Winter 1931

    Ruth gives birth to a boy the day after a man jumps off a hospital roof in an attempt to fly.

    Part 1, Chapter 1
  • Four years later

    Ruth's son learns he can't fly. Ruth nurses him; he gets the name Milkman.

    Part 1, Chapter 1
  • Eight years later

    Guitar, Pilate, and Milkman become friends.

    Part 1, Chapter 2
  • Ten years later

    After hitting his father, Milkman feels burdened by family problems.

    Part 1, Chapter 3
  • Eight years later

    Milkman finds out Guitar is involved in the Seven Days.

    Part 1, Chapter 6
  • Short time later

    Guitar and Milkman steal Pilate's sack but don't find the gold.

    Part 2, Chapter 8
  • Months later

    Milkman goes to Danville and talks to Circe about his family; he doesn't find the gold.

    Part 2, Chapter 10
  • Days later

    To connect with his family roots, Milkman goes to Shalimar; Guitar tries to kill him.

    Part 2, Chapter 11
  • Short time later

    Susan tells Milkman that his great-grandfather could fly.

    Part 2, Chapter 14
  • Months later

    Pilate buries her father's bones with Milkman. Pilate is killed by Guitar; Milkman learns to fly.

    Part 2, Chapter 15

Part Summaries Chart

Part Summary
Part 1, Chapter 1 Part 1, Chapter 1 opens with an insurance agent named Mr. Smith preparing to jump off the roof of No Mercy Hospital in a... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 2 In Part 1, Chapter 2 Macon drives his plush Packard on a Sunday afternoon, and his family rides with him. These drives h... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 3 At the beginning of Part 1, Chapter 3 Milkman works for his father by collecting rents from his tenants. Milkman continu... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 4 Part 1, Chapter 4 starts with Milkman feeling bored about his life. He has been having sex with Hagar for years and has ... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 5 At the beginning of Part 1, Chapter 5 Milkman lies in Guitar's bed, imagining what it would be like to be killed by an i... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 6 In Part 1, Chapter 6 Milkman and Guitar are at a tavern called Mary's Place having a conversation. Guitar lets Milkman k... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 7 In Part 1, Chapter 7 Milkman talks to Macon about leaving the family business and getting his own job. Macon asks Milkma... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 8 Part 2, Chapter 8 starts with Guitar thinking about his next assignment for the Seven Days. Four black girls had been bl... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 9 In Part 2, Chapter 9 Corinthians has taken a job as a maid for a wealthy white spinster named Michael-Mary Graham. Corin... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 10 In Part 2, Chapter 10 Milkman approaches the "big, crumbling house" in the woods. He had been driven to this location by... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 11 Part 2, Chapter 11 begins with Milkman in a backwoods hamlet of Virginia. He wants to find a town called Charlemagne whe... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 12 Part 2, Chapter 12 starts with Milkman on his way to visit the house of Susan Byrd, who Milkman figures might be a relat... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 13 Part 2, Chapter 13 revisits the scene of the confrontation between Milkman and Hagar, opening with Hagar finally lowerin... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 14 In Part 2, Chapter 14 Milkman returns to Susan Byrd's house to find out more information about Sing. Susan invites him i... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 15 In Part 2, Chapter 15 Milkman drives home but doesn't get far because his car breaks down. He then catches a bus. During... Read More
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