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.
"Hard to put down....er, hard to hit"
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.
"How wrong can one man be?"
Melinda Haynes' Mother of Pearl was an unexpected sensation, chosen for Oprah's Book Club and selling more than half a million copies in hardcover. Now with the same stunning language, Haynes returns with Chalktown, a moving story of redemption and renewal set in a small village of folks who only communicate through the chalkboards hanging from their front porches.