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Getting Mother's Body by Suzan-Lori Parks
  

Getting Mother's Body

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A quirky, American, multi-voiced road novel about a 1950s black family whose estranged mother (dead for 10 years) is rumoured to have been buried wearing her pearl necklace and diamond ring. And her relatives want them…

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Getting Mother's Body by Suzan-Lori Parks

In the 1950s, in a small southern town in the US, the Beedes are the lowest of the low. Always struggling, they remain shackled by poverty and their own lack of ambition. Everyone, but sixteen-year-old Billie Beede.

Billy Beede has big ideas about her life. She's had the Beede misfortune to get pregnant by an itinerant coffin salesman. And when he proves to have a wife and seven kids in another town, she determines to try her luck elsewhere. The answer seems to be in the hem of her mother's dress, her mother who died ten years ago. The rumour is that Willa Mae – a Billie Holiday look-alike – was the only Beede who made good, and was buried with a pearl necklace and a diamond ring sewn into the hem of her dress.

Billie – and all her relatives – aim to get their hands on this treasure and make something of themselves. What follows is a mad road trip that evokes shades of Faulkner – in its potent earthiness – but also has the approachability and warmth of novels like The Colour Purple. This is a fantastic debut novel from an accomplished and well-loved American playwright.

Reviews

‘‘Full, farcical…this tale offers a Toni Morrison-style take on the 1960s Black American South.’
Guardian

'Parks wraps the bristling comic touch of Chester Himes and the lyrical mournfulness of Toni Morrison into a tale that touches on the worst of human failings but maintains a deep compassion for its protagonists at the same time.'
Metro

About the Author

Suzan-Lori Parks
Suzan-Lori Parks is a playwright, songwriter, screenwriter and novelist. She was the recipient of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play Topdog/Underdog.

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Publication date

18th October 2004

Author

Suzan-Lori Parks

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Author's Website

www.suzanloriparks.com/

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Paperback

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Paperback

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ISBN

9780007154647

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