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Mama Day | [Gloria Naylor]

Mama Day

Miranda Day, known as "Mama Day", is the elderly matriarch of Willow Springs, a small sea island off the southeast coast of the United States. Mama Day finds herself pitted in mortal combat with dark forces that threaten the body and soul of her beloved great-niece, Cocoa, who has gone "mainside" and married an urban Northerner.
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Publisher's Summary

Miranda Day, known as "Mama Day", is the elderly matriarch of Willow Springs, a small sea island off the southeast coast of the United States.

Mama Day finds herself pitted in mortal combat with dark forces that threaten the body and soul of her beloved great-niece, Cocoa, who has gone "mainside" and married an urban Northerner.

Mama Day will use her ancient knowledge of herbal medicine and her judicious but dangerous use of magical powers in this bitter struggle.

A multi-voice production.

©2008 Gloria Naylor; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"The beauty of Naylor's prose is its plainness, and the secret power of her third novel is that she does not simply tell a story but brings you face to face with human beings living through the complexity, pain and mystery of real life." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Apple St. Thomas , VI, USA 05-05-10
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    "Can't seem to finish"

    I am so sorry, but I can't seem to finish listening to this audiobook. I love audiobooks, and I prefer to listen than to read. However, the narrators of this book are making it difficult for me to do that. One (the first one) seems to have a speech impediment, and another seems to be going at an usually fast pace, almost like he's ranting for no reason. A total of three so far, and they're voices are all very distracting. Also, the first couple chapters seem to be all over the place, and oddly I'm having a hard time retaining all the characters and their relations to each other. It's too drawn out. Perhaps if I read the book for myself I would have a different outlook. Sorry, poor choice on the narrators. Perhaps I'll come back to it at another time in my life.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gina Inglewood, CA, USA 10-22-08
    Gina Inglewood, CA, USA 10-22-08
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    "A Classic"

    This is actually my favorite book. It starts slow, and the lady who first reads is not as um, skillfull as I would hope, but if you can get to what would be the third chapter, then you will find yourself at home. There are layers of relationships, both classic and unique characters, conflict, resolution, family bonds, male/female relationships. The end is particularly poignant.

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    Millie Rigby, ID, United States 07-24-10
    Millie Rigby, ID, United States 07-24-10
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    I didn't really get into this book, though I did manage to listen to it all. Maybe I just didn't "get it." I thought the readers for George and the girl (I can't remember her name, so that tells you something) were not that great either.

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