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Mama Ruby
by Mary Monroe

Overview - A "New York Times"-bestelling author returns to the turbulent 1940s she painted with verve and passion ("Christian Science Monitor") in her novel "The Upper Room" to bring fans the early years of one of the most indomitable heroines in contemporary literature.  Read more...

 
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Overview
A "New York Times"-bestelling author returns to the turbulent 1940s she painted with verve and passion ("Christian Science Monitor") in her novel "The Upper Room" to bring fans the early years of one of the most indomitable heroines in contemporary literature.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780758238610
  • ISBN-10: 0758238614
  • Publisher: Dafina Books
  • Publish Date: June 2011
  • Page Count: 406


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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2011-04-11
  • Reviewer: Staff

Mary Monroe's prequel to The Upper Room reintroduces readers to Mama Ruby, a fierce and indomitable woman. This time Monroe focuses on Ruby's early adolescence as the youngest daughter of a preacher in 1930s Louisiana. While her parents shelter her from the harsh world, Ruby is eager for adult sensations, especially sex, and embraces her desire when she meets the promiscuous Othella and her brother, Ike. Ruby and Othella experiment with neighborhood boys and Ruby soon gets pregnant. Othella and her mother persuade her to give the baby up at birth, and doing so haunts Ruby forever. Ruby and Othella then flee smalltown life only to become prostitutes in New Orleans and take part in a killing. Though readers new to the series will have to accept the dialect, ever-present threat of violence, and explicit sex scenes, they'll appreciate the compelling period and the unapologetic characters. Familiarity with The Upper Room smooths the way. (June)

 
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