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Suzan-Lori Parks's sensational debut novel is a keenly written, darkly comic story told with all the power of southern writing at its finest -- in the singular style that won Parks a Pulitzer Prize for her playwriting.
Dirt-poor teenager Billy Beede, daughter of the morally challenged -- and long dead -- Willa Mae, is pregnant, and she has just been jilted by her married lover. When she learns that Willa Mae's burial plot in Arizona is about to be plowed up (along with the jewels Willa Mae's lesbian lover, Dill, supposedly buried with her), Billy seizes the opportunity not only to rescue her mother's body from the bulldozers but to get a little cash as well. So she steals Dill's truck and, with her aunt and uncle along for the ride, sets out on an impromptu road trip. Along the way, Billy learns that if her mother was not an angel, she was at least a survivor -- and that self-confidence is her own most precious possession. Andrew Ayala