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by Terry McMillan, Marjorie Johnson

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


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

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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Edition description:
Unabridged, 8 Cassettes
Product dimensions:
4.98(w) x 8.64(h) x 2.36(d)

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Ishmael Reed
When it comes to portraying the authentic style of marginal Americans, Terry MacMillan has few peers. Her prose is brilliant and exhilarating.

Meet the Author

Terry McMillan is the critically acclaimed and award-winning author of the novels Disappearing Acts, Waiting to Exhale, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, and A Day Late and a Dollar Short, and the editor of Breaking Ice: An Anthology of Contemporary African-American Fiction. She lives in northern California with her family.

Brief Biography

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

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