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Getting Mother's Body
by Suzan-Lori Parks


Overview - Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks's 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.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks's 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.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780812968002
  • ISBN-10: 081296800X
  • Publisher: Random House Trade
  • Publish Date: April 2004
  • Page Count: 280
  • Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.65 pounds


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Getting Mother's Body

This debut novel from Parks, a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, earned comparisons to Zora Neale Hurston and William Faulkner. Set in Texas in the 1960s, the narrative tells the story of Billy Beede, a pregnant 16-year-old who gets dumped by her no-good lover. Hoping to pay for an abortion, she has only one prospect for getting money: digging up the body of her late mother, Willa Mae, and taking the diamond ring and pearl she was buried with. Billy, along with her aunt and uncle, set out for LaJunta, Arizona, where Willa Mae was laid to rest, traveling through a nation rife with racism and encountering a motley group of characters—family, friends and enemies that Parks brings to life through her wonderful gifts for detail and dialogue. The novel unfolds in short chapters and shifts points of view repeatedly to form a kaleidoscopic vision of 1960s America. This is an ambitious first novel from a wonderfully original writer. A reading group guide is included in the book.

 
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