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Publisher's Summary

Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks' wildly original debut novel, Getting Mother's Body, follows pregnant, unmarried Billy Beede and her down-and-out family in 1960s Texas as they search for the storied jewels buried (or were they?) with Billy's fast-running, six-years-dead mother, Willa Mae.

Getting Mother's Body is a true spiritual successor to the work of writers such as Zora Neale Hurston and Alice Walker - but when it comes to bringing hard-luck characters to ingenious, uproarious life, Suzan-Lori Parks shares the stage with no one.

©2003 Suzan-Lori Parks (P)2012 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Suzan-Lori Parks is a terrific writer whose characters don't so much talk to us as sing, full-throated, of their joys and miseries." (Richard Russo, author of Empire Falls)
"A cheerful tack across deep Faulknerian waters." ( The New York Times Book Review)
"Fueled by irresistible, infectious talk and prose that swings like speech, this novel begs (no surprise) to be read aloud." ( Publishers Weekly)

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What would have made Getting Mother's Body better?

the language style is so irritating to listen to i simply could not carry on. there is far too much "he says" "i says" "he says" .. over and over and over. drove me to distraction!

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