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Mother of Pearl: A Novel | [Melinda Haynes]

Mother of Pearl: A Novel

Mother of Pearl is populated by wonderfully rich and original characters. The paths of Even Grade, a black man who grew up an orphan, and Valuable Komer, a white girl who is the daughter of the town whore, cross through Joody Two Sun, a seer, who becomes Even's lover. Both Even and Valuable are seeking the family, love, and commitment they never had, and their search ultimately takes both of them to places they never dreamed they'd go.
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Publisher's Summary

Set in small town Mississippi in the late 1950s, Mother of Pearl is populated by wonderfully rich and original characters with themes of identity and the true meaning of family interwoven throughout. The story revolves around 28-year-old Even Grade, a black man who grew up an orphan, and Valuable Komer, a 15-year-old white girl who is the daughter of the town whore and an unknown father. Their paths cross through Joody Two Sun, a seer, who becomes Even's lover. Both Even and Valuable are seeking the family, love, and commitment they never had, and their search ultimately takes both of them to places they never dreamed they'd go.

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Cover Illustration © Cathie Bleck; Copyright ©1999 Melinda Haynes; Copyright (P)1999 NewStar Media Inc.

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    Kathleen Providence Forge, VA, USA 12-04-03
    Kathleen Providence Forge, VA, USA 12-04-03
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    "Hard to put down....er, hard to hit"

    I thought that this was an EXCELLENT listen! I enjoyed the character development, the plot - everything about this book. I was sad when it ended. May we look forward to a sequel?

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 10-26-09
    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 10-26-09 Member Since 2003
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    "Hard To Get Into But Worth It"

    I admit I had to restart this book at least once in order to make sure I remembered all I needed to. But once I got the characters down, it was a great story. You have to understand small towns and it helps to connect with the south.

    This was actually a number of little stories that connected into one big one. There are numerous characters to develop, numerous story lines. That is why it was so rich. I loved learning about them all.

    I thought the narration was fine. There was no differentiation between the characters, but since there were so many characters, who would have been able to keep track of them if they were different?

    This is not for everybody. But it is well worth it if you can hang in there.

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    Louise Wallingford, CT, United States 10-12-06
    Louise Wallingford, CT, United States 10-12-06
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    I give it two stars for effort. The reader had the same voice for every person so I never knew who was speaking. I always give a book a chance and go by Oprah but this time I give a thumbs down. Too hard to follow the story.

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    Nana USA 06-23-11
    Nana USA 06-23-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Narrator problem??"

    This probably could have been a much better book if the narrator was better. I love listening to audio books, but this one was really difficult to get into and stay focused on. This is the only book - from a large library - that I had to be alone in a quiet room to try to follow. I also had a hard time knowing which character was speaking. I couldn't tell the boys for the girls! It certainly wouldn't be a book that I would recommend for a first time listener!

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    Gregory Han Key Biscayne, FL United States 05-21-05
    Gregory Han Key Biscayne, FL United States 05-21-05 Member Since 2002
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    "I couldn't wait for it to end"

    Maybe it was the narrator who used the same voice for every character so you were never sure who was speaking, or maybe it was the convoluted style of writing, but I could never get in to this book as I can with a great audiobook. It is supposed to take place in a small town in Mississippi and yet none of the characters seemed to know each other prior to the time of the story. The timeline was impossible to follow. This is one book that may be better to read instead of listen to since the lengthy narratives about dreams, old letters, and past lives make you want to go back and figure out which character is being developed.

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    Lorna Johannesburg, South Africa 05-21-13
    Lorna Johannesburg, South Africa 05-21-13 Member Since 2010

    I have a busy career, travel a lot and don't have much time to read, so I listen to Audio books. I love reading!

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    "Just a sheer delight.."

    this book was one of the few that I could honestly say that were in the same league as Life of Pi. it was so alternative, good and very enjoyable. Read the storyline and download it. You wont be disappointed.

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    Lorraine Elmwood Park, NJ, USA 04-22-03
    Lorraine Elmwood Park, NJ, USA 04-22-03 Member Since 2000
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    "Mother of Pearl (Unabridged)"

    A wonderful story that brings a smile to one's lips, a tear to one's eyes and a warmth to one's heart.

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    Linda Merlin, Ontario, Canada 04-08-10
    Linda Merlin, Ontario, Canada 04-08-10
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    "Mother of Pearl"

    I can't believe that I wasted a credit on this audiobook. Too much landscape description; jumps around a lot and I found it hard to follow. The reader doesn't seem to be too interested in telling the story or relaying enthusiasm into the story. The audible is in 2 parts and I can't seem to get past the first 2 hrs without my mind wandering or falling asleep. Sorry! I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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