The explosive novel that introduced #1 New York Times bestselling author Terry McMillan-now in a new trade edition.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyThis is McMillan's zesty first novel about an impoverished black family's struggle to overcome its problems.
Library JournalMama, a first novel, tells of a proud black woman, Mildred Peacock, and her five children. After a violent fight, Mildred throws her drunken husband out of the house. On her own in the poor town of Point Haven, Michigan, Mildred scrimps and drinks, works and goes on welfare, struggling to raise her kids and keep her sanity. Mildred's closest bond is to her oldest daughter, Freda, and their lives parallel each other's progress from despair to hope. The book's main weakness is that the author apparently could not decide what to leave out. She also has not decided who her audience is: at times she seems to be writing to blacks, at other times to be explaining things to naive white readers. Although the story has power, it lacks focus and a clear point of view.
-- Janet Boyarin Blundell, MLS, Brookdale Community College Adjunct Faculty, Lincroft, New Jersey
- Penguin Publishing Group
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- 7.98(w) x 5.22(h) x 0.74(d)
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- 18 Years
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Ishmael ReedWhen it comes to portraying the authentic style of marginal Americans, Terry MacMillan has few peers. Her prose is brilliant and exhilarating.
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