"Tommy lived in what everyone called the home-house—a four-room log cabin that once served as slave quarters, with plank floors, gas lanterns, and water Henrietta hauled up a long hill from the creek [...]. The air inside stayed so cool that when relatives died, the family kept their corpses in the front hallway for days so people could visit and pay respects. Then they buried them in the cemetery out back."
I liked how they were really close to one another, But I thought it was weird how they kept a deceased family member in their house for days instead of just burring them. This little part of the story made the family seem very coherent even a bad times. They even buried their own family in the backyard. Everyone did a lot around the house to help their family and I thought that that was very important. They didn't have the best life but they still did everything they could to help out other people in their family. I got a strong sense of family coherence here just by the description of the home-house.