Mama [NOOK Book]

Overview

The explosive novel that introduced #1 New York Times bestselling author Terry McMillan

 Meet Mildred Peacock, mother of five, black, and fed up with poverty and the jealous rampages of her husband, Crook. When Crook runs over her foot with his ’59 Mercury, she finally kicks him out to raise her kids on her own.
            Mildred is resourceful and sly, sassy and sexy, and she’ll do anything to pay the bills. But she ...

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Mama

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Overview

The explosive novel that introduced #1 New York Times bestselling author Terry McMillan

 Meet Mildred Peacock, mother of five, black, and fed up with poverty and the jealous rampages of her husband, Crook. When Crook runs over her foot with his ’59 Mercury, she finally kicks him out to raise her kids on her own.
            Mildred is resourceful and sly, sassy and sexy, and she’ll do anything to pay the bills. But she loses job after job, and one man after another, until alcohol and nerve pills are her only comfort. All along though, there are always her kids, the most important things in her life.
            From the Midwest to the West Coast to New York, Mama moves with high-spirited realism through the 1960s and 1970s and the promises and disappointments that era meant for all black people.

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: 9780547524047
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 1/16/1987
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 260
  • Sales rank: 97,335
  • File size: 389 KB

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.

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA).

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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 March 16, 2013

    Good book

    Very good book, it takes you into what's its like for single mothers trying to make it, amazing!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 19, 2013

    I read Mama back in the day, and hands down it hit a lot of home

    I read Mama back in the day, and hands down it hit a lot of homes. Everybody didn't make it out, and that's what so real about it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2004

    didn't like this one....

    This was my least favorite TM book. Mama never got a break. I had a hard time picking this book up once I put it down. I donated it to my laundry room.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2003

    THE MOST WONDERFUL BOOK I EVER READ

    I read MAMA back when it first hit the bookshelves and from the first page to the last I was in tune to every word on the page. I read it non-stop and I am not a reader. I have read all of TM books (except for A day late & A dollar short) and this is my favorive so far!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2001

    mama rules

    Mama was an interesting book to read, I found it very realistic and to the point. It hit homebound issues that many families can relate to. I read Mama a few years ago, back in 1994. I read most of Ms. Mcmillan's books and found them to be very extraordinary. She is a fantastic writer, and I give her thumbs up every time. She is a talented and outstanding individaul and she will get my support all ways. God Bless.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2000

    MaMa is a very touching and encouraging book.

    MaMa is a very good book and it shows you that a mother does anything that she has to do in order to keep her family together and to keep her self going. Being there for your kids will stick with them for ever because they know that you care about them . I also think that Terry McMillan is a very good author and her stories are always good.MaMa really touched me in my heart because I've kind of been through what the book is based on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2014

    Bunny

    She hums, strolling down the sidewalk.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2013

    Wow

    Mama did have much drive about herself. I did not like the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2013

    My Favorite!!!

    This is my favorite of all her books. Always go back to reread.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2013

    Sparlledust

    Shadekit.?

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