Let the Lion Eat Straw

Let the Lion Eat Straw

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by Ellease Southerland
     
 

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To mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of its publication, Amistad is reissuing in hardcover Let the Lion Eat Straw, a hymnlike novel that tells the story of Abeba Williams, whose mother abandons the poverty and despair of the South - and in the process her daughter - for opportunities up North. In the absence of her mother, Abeba clings to Mamma Habblesham, a woman… See more details below

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To mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of its publication, Amistad is reissuing in hardcover Let the Lion Eat Straw, a hymnlike novel that tells the story of Abeba Williams, whose mother abandons the poverty and despair of the South - and in the process her daughter - for opportunities up North. In the absence of her mother, Abeba clings to Mamma Habblesham, a woman with enviable reserves of love and hope. Their affection for each other seems boundless - until Abeba's mother returns to take her daughter to Brooklyn. As she grows up, her exceptional musical talent promises to be an avenue of escape. But a handsome young singer distracts her, and opportunities that once seemed so close begin to fall away. Now married with children, Abeba fights to maintain the dignity of her family.

Editorial Reviews

Jabari Asim
Touching and lovingly crafted, Let the Lion Eat Straw has been away from us for too long. Let's hope this time it sticks around for good.
&3151; The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly
A commemorative 25th-anniversary edition of Let the Lion Eat Straw by Ellease Southerland (now Ebele Oseye) tells the story of Abeba, a quietly intelligent, eager-to-please girl wrenched from her Southern mammy when her mother summons her to Brooklyn, where she's cobbled together a better life. Abeba tries her best to please her cold, resentful mother, taking refuge in her talent for playing the piano. Marriage to a preacher brings more hardship, but Abeba soldiers on through childbirth and illness. Written in flowing, folksy prose, this is a moving, polished tale. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
O Magazine
"As moving as it is wisely, lyrically told."
Author of Push - Sapphire
"A glorious rebirth! The republication of this milestone...is cause for great celebration indeed."
Gwendolyn Brooks
“Important....It has a rich, live, radiant validity, offering characters memorably exciting.”
Madeleine L'Engle
“I felt in the presence of a talent which touches the universal.”
Kristin Hunter
“An amazing achievement!”
Shirley Hazzard
“Strong and beautiful....There is so much courage, honesty and life in this novel.”
Time Magazine
"Remarkable....A graceful hymn of love."
Richard Elman
“A beautiful book...of startling originality, simplicity, insight, and grace.”
author of Push Sapphire
“A glorious rebirth! The republication of this milestone...is cause for great celebration indeed.”
Ebony
“… this poetic and memorable novel remains a testament to the power of resurrection and the powerful gift of love.”
The Portland Skanner
“Revealing the grace... in ordinary lives... [this] is a novel worthy of a place in the annals of literature.”
New York Post
“There is more life and character, more that will linger in the mind, than in countless novels twice as long!”
Chattanooga Times
“It’s difficult to believe that a first novel can be...so rich of characterization....But this one is.”
Time
“Remarkable....A graceful hymn of love.”
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“A masterpiece...brilliant, graceful, poetic!”
O magazine
“As moving as it is wisely, lyrically told.”
Washington Post Book World
“Touching and lovingly crafted, Let the Lion Eat Straw has been away from us too long.”
The New Yorker
“Imbued with African folklore...less a novel than a myth.”
Los Angeles Times
“A remarkable first novel....that transcends race and class.”
The Seattle Skanner
“This lyrical, haunting novel remains a stirring testament to the power of the human spirit and the gift of love.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060724207
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
07/06/2004
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.62(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.77(d)

What People are saying about this

Richard Elman
“A beautiful book...of startling originality, simplicity, insight, and grace.”
Shirley Hazzard
“Strong and beautiful....There is so much courage, honesty and life in this novel.”
Gwendolyn Brooks
“Important....It has a rich, live, radiant validity, offering characters memorably exciting.”
Kristin Hunter
“An amazing achievement!”
Madeleine L'Engle
“I felt in the presence of a talent which touches the universal.”

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