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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.

Critic Reviews

"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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  • Gina
  • Inglewood, CA, USA
  • 10-22-08

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.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Apple
  • St. Thomas , VI, USA
  • 05-05-10

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.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Brilliant story marred by bad recording

I almost didn't make it through the opening of this book, which would have been a real tragedy. For one thing, the first two chapters are difficult and tedious. For another the recording quality is terrible. It sounds like it's been sped up and every word is clipped--almost indecipherable.

Luckily for me, i persevered. The recording quality gets bearable (though never perfect) and the book really opens up into something beautiful after the first 45 minutes or so.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Worst performance of all the Audible stories I've listened to

Most people seem to enjoy this book. Maybe it was the slurry, poorly read audio that I had that gave me a different opinion. But, it was also the whiny, high maintenance character of Cocoa. I don't get why a caring patient guy like George would put up with her mind games.
I love herbal medicine so that was about the only part I really liked. It was tough to follow. The were parts that were never fully explained and didn't have enough metaphorical info to even make a good guess. For me, it only got interesting at the end.
I just really didn't like it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Excellent Read

I really enjoyed this book. It has wonderful writing, intriguing story, fascinating characters, an overall great book.

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  • KTHenry
  • Cecilton, MD United States
  • 08-13-15

Excellent Story

What did you love best about Mama Day?

I loved the great story telling of Gloria Naylor. The way she weaves a story is superb. I read this book about 20 years ago and it was great to listen to it. I longed to spend a summer with Mama Day and Ms. Abigail.

Which character – as performed by the narrator – was your favorite?

The voice of Mama Day was good.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Coco returns to her roots and brings her husband home ot roost.

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  • Millie
  • Rigby, ID, United States
  • 07-24-10

Not my fave

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.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful