Mama

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Overview

The explosive novel that introduced #1 New York Times bestselling author Terry McMillan-now in a new trade edition.

With her phenomenal New York Times bestseller Waiting to Exhale, Terry McMillan became one of the most important American novelists writing today. Here, for the first time in mass market paperback, is her extraordinary first novel. It is the exhilarating tale of feisty Mildred Peacock, whose five children are her hope...

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Overview

The explosive novel that introduced #1 New York Times bestselling author Terry McMillan-now in a new trade edition.

With her phenomenal New York Times bestseller Waiting to Exhale, Terry McMillan became one of the most important American novelists writing today. Here, for the first time in mass market paperback, is her extraordinary first novel. It is the exhilarating tale of feisty Mildred Peacock, whose five children are her hope and her future.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This is McMillan's zesty first novel about an impoverished black family's struggle to overcome its problems.
Library Journal
Mama, 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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451216717
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/6/2005
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 344,532
  • Product dimensions: 7.98 (w) x 5.22 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author


Terry McMillan is the critically acclaimed, award-winning author of five previous novels and recipient of the Essence Award for Excellence in Literature.

Biography

Terry McMillan's previous novels include Mama (1987), (1989), and the New York Times bestsellers Waiting to Exhale (1992) and How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1996), both of which were awarded the NAACP/Black Image Award for Best Novel, and A Day Late and a Dollar Short (2001). McMillan's influential anthology of contemporary African American fiction, Breaking Ice, was published in 1990. Waiting to Exhale was made into a motion picture in 1995, and How Stella Got Her Groove Back came to the screen in 1998; in December of 2000, HBO released a film version of Disappearing Acts. Terry McMillan is the recipient of the 2002 Essence Award for Excellence in Literature. Her forthcoming novel is titled The Interruption of Everything. She lives in Northern California with her family.

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    1. Hometown:
      Danville, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 18, 1951
    2. Place of Birth:
      Port Huron, Michigan
    1. Education:
      B.S. in journalism, UC-Berkeley, 1979; M.F.A. in film, Columbia University, 1980

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2012

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    I read this book back in 1993, during a time when urban literatu

    I read this book back in 1993, during a time when urban literature was scarce. It was a good read and it taught my teenage self the harsh reality of life as a single mother. Reading it again will be like revisiting an old friend.
    Terry get out of that writer's block funk and give us another masterpiece. Black literature these days
    lack substance and its all the same plot.

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  • Posted May 13, 2009

    It catch the eye and mind. We all love and adore our Mama.

    This book held me to the end. It is one that speaks to all women. It's a book that lets you understand why we are strong women. We listen,respect,and stay strong in our journey of leaving childhood and becoming woman. Through the hurt and the joy. The respect we give to mama,friend andmost important self. It give learning information of the heart.

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  • Posted April 27, 2009

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    Mama Terry McMillian

    The book was outstanding and I would recommend this book to everyone. It is very informative and inspirational. If you are a single mother going through alot in an having to it all yourself. Go and pick the book and read. It is a huge eye opener

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  • Posted March 9, 2009

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    Reality hurts...

    I read this book but it was a hard read...maybe it was just too real. I completely understand working hard and never getting a break because that's life for some. I would feel more about this book if it were a biography because there would be a reason to read about this hard life. We read biographies to know about that person and have no real expectation of "getting a break", or a happy or enlightened ending. But for fiction I just would have liked for something good to happen to Mama. Not my favorite book by Terry M. but did encourage me to read more of her writing to see what she expressed in her next book...this was my 1st TM book read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2008

    Loved the book . Hate the ending

    The story of a single mom is good and i can feel her pain. But, the way she never got a break in life. and how the heart ache and pain she went through was alot for one to bare and i wished she had gotten a break somewhere in the middle of the book and not at the end after her father died. but inspite that it is a very good way of looking into a black families life to see how it was in those days for women especially black women and tring to take care of 5 babies. i know i got 4.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2006

    TOUCHING

    I loved this book, I read it in just 3 days its a really great story about survival as a single mom although Mama went through her share of husbands. It didn't make sense how Freda grew up to be so smart and stupid at the same time though but at least she improved. I liked the ending but it wasn't all what I expected but the book is a page-turner that will have you laughing and feeling sad sometimes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2005

    Using this book as my book report

    I first read this book 8 years ago, and I thought that the words she said was true for some woman. Terry made woman feel good and confident about theirselves on how they was taking care of their children. Now that I am back in college and have 6 children this book will be a good book report because this book is a good inspiration to me in my life right now.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2005

    THIS WAS THE ONE THAT GOT ME HOOKED ON T McMILLAN!

    I initially read this book a few years ago. Mama was a piece of work. I couldn't wait to read further to find out was going to happen next. The book was a real page turner (for me). Enjoyed every page!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2004

    DA SHIZ-NIT

    N-E BODY WHO DOESN'T LIKE THIS BOOK IS CRAZY!!!!TERRY KEEPS IT REAL. SHE IS ONE OF THE BEST AUTHORS OUT THERE AND SHE HAS INSPIRED ME DEEPLY. MAMA WAS THE BOMB DIGGITY!!!!BIG UPS TO TERRY!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2004

    I hated it

    i hated this book. i actually stopped reading it. Ihated that everthing nerver turned out how i wanted it too. I also hated how terry mcmilloan jumbed from setting to setting. i guess you could say this wasn't my cup of tea

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2004

    Ain't that the truth

    Mama is by far one of the most incredible books I have ever read. It opened up my mind to see what my mother really goes through. Terry makes you feel is if you are apart of the novel, especially when Freda smacks her mother. I would recommene this book to any one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2004

    GREAT BOOK

    This book was the bomb. I like to read but some books make me want to stop. This was an extremely good book. Had me from the time I pick it up from the book shelf. I was sort of mad when the book was over but I just picked up another book by this incredible author, she never lets me down. GREAT JOB TERRI!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2004

    TELL THE TRUTH SHAME THE DEVIL

    TERRY TELLS IT LIKE IT IS. PEOPLE TEND TO SUGAR COAT THINGS. BUT THE TRUTH IS THE TRUTH.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2003

    Aughta Be a Movie

    I did audio instead of reading; I thought this was a great book. It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me say, 'you gotta lot a nerves' and it even made me say, 'that's what you get'. It ought to be a Movie! With Jenifer Lewis playin' mama and Kimberly Elise as the grown-up Freda.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2003

    An avid reader of books written by African American authors

    This book was amazing. I have to admit at some points it was sort of dragged on, but overall it was pretty good. This book doesn't sugar coat the realitites of struggling mothers with numerous children, living in a poor and small town, as well as the ups and downs of a less fortunate life. For an enjoyable book, buy a copy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2003

    Terry could write...

    terry mac millian makes people want to start reading. Mama was my first novel that i ever picked up and took the time to read.. terry macmillian inspired me to start reading more books written by other africian americian writters. A book like mama would make younger people like me wanting to read books..mama was and extroidinary book and i hope terry comes out with a series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2003

    This Needs To Be A MOVIE

    I have read all of your books.Theymade me cry,laugh,and mad.It made me feel like I was actaully there!!! I LOVED IT.I hope u make a movie about Mama.....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2003

    This book had me rolling on the floor laughing!

    This was the first Terry McMillan book I read and I have to say, it far exceeded my expectations. Doll and Bootsy's characters were so versatile. Talk about drama. I laughed, cried, and sometimes, vented at the pages. Someone mentioned the use of profanity in the book. I agree to an extent; however, life experiences ARE sometimes profane and those profane experiences are explained profanely. I thought the use of profanity to express various profane circumstances was appropriate and gave me the ability to relate to the experiences more than if she had softened or flowered them up to risk not offending me. I couldn't put it down. I read this book twice in one week. That's how much I was feeling it. All I can say is I haven't read all of her books, but reading this one made me go out and read "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" and "Waiting to Exhale" immediately.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2003

    Never give up

    Mama was a great book. There's alot of mothers going through the same situations this mother went through. It's not easy trying to raise five kids by yourself on one income.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2002

    Great Book!!!

    Definetly worth the paper it's printed on. Some of Terry Mcmillan's greatest work before she became watered down.

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