The Mending Time is an inter-generational, layered story of overcoming cycles and effects of violence and separation in the legacy of slavery. For three generations, the novel traces two families on the South Side of Chicago, taking an intricate look at the effects of historic discrimination, struggle, migration and urban life on these African descended people. Its nugget culminates inside the story, imagination and resilience of the child whose birth joins these two families. It offers a Sankofa experience in which to change and heal these cycles. The novel unfolds in four parts, according to West African ritual as described by Malidoma Some’.