The action in the novel is set mostly in an unnamed city in Michigan, where the protagonist lives; in Pennsylvania, where Milkman’s grandfather lived and was killed and where Milkman learns the story of his family; and in Virginia, a little town named Shalimar, where his ancestors are from. The events take place mostly between the 1930s and 1963, but there is also references to the 19th century, lifetime of Milkman´s grand and great-grandfathers, Jake and Solomon.
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