Ugly Ways

Ugly Ways

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by Tina McElroy Ansa
     
 

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The bestselling tale-powerful, compassionate, humorous-of the three Lovejoy sisters reunited in their hometown of Mulberry, Georgia, on the occasion of their mother’s death. As the emotionally scarred Lovejoys prepare for their mother’s funeral, the spirit of the selfish and manipulative Mudear hovers above them, complaining about her daughters’

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The bestselling tale-powerful, compassionate, humorous-of the three Lovejoy sisters reunited in their hometown of Mulberry, Georgia, on the occasion of their mother’s death. As the emotionally scarred Lovejoys prepare for their mother’s funeral, the spirit of the selfish and manipulative Mudear hovers above them, complaining about her daughters’ “ugly ways” in death as she did in life.

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Donna Seaman
It's ironic that sisters Betty, Emily, and Annie Ruth have Lovejoy as a last name, since they experienced so little of either love or joy in their peculiar household. Their mother, called Mudear, decided to cope with her husband's tyranny and the endless demands of domesticity by simply refusing to do anything she didn't want to do. This category included leaving the house, performing any acts even remotely associated with cooking and cleaning, and expressing any tenderness or understanding. Instead, Mudear filled her time with beauty routines, television, gardening (only under the cover of darkness), and bossing around her bright, beautiful, and obedient daughters. This jangling, slightly mystical, extremely feminine, and intriguing novel begins with Mudear's sudden death. As her adult daughters prepare for the funeral, they talk about their bizarre upbringing, professional successes, and romantic failures, and recognize how deeply their mother's remoteness affected them. On the one hand, her selfishness stunted their capacity for love, while on the other, her independence taught them to be proud and self-sufficient. Ansa, author of the widely praised "Baby of the Family (1989), has once again infused African American family life with a curious sense of magic and destiny.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547564074
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
01/17/1995
Sold by:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
264,741
File size:
206 KB

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"An absolute beauty...it crackles and sings with life."

Meet the Author

Tina McElroy Ansa is the author of Baby of the Family, The Hand I Fan With, and You Know Better. A frequent contributor to the Los Angeles Times, Newsday, and Atlanta Journal-Constitution, she can be seen on the CBS News Sunday Morning segment "Postcards from Georgia." She lives with her husband on St. Simons Island, Georgia.

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Ugly Ways 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book, read through it in one sitting. The story was well developed and flowed effortlessly from the past and the present. At the end I didn't know weather to laugh or cry.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a book that so many women can relate to.This book helped me realize, NOT to sweat the small things.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The novel focuses on the lives of Mudear, her three daughters (Betty, Emily, and Annie), and husband (Ernest) and the havoc she caused in their lives. The author weaves back and forth through time to paint a sad story of children struggling to make sense and adjust to a night-time gardening, TV-watching, self-absorbed, man-hating, non-nurturing, dictator-like mother. While the husband/father, Ernest Lovejoy, can escape into his job at the chalk mines, the everlasting effect she has on her children¿s life is profound. Mudear believed she was instilling virtues of self-reliance, independence, and self-confidence into her daughters, but soon learns (via her ghost) the motherly lessons has wrecked havoc in their adult relationship with men, has lead one daughter into a rushed marriage just to escape from home, and contributed to another¿s nervous breakdown. Although all the girls are successful professionally, it stems from their desire to please Mudear and satisfy her very high expectations. The pivotal event is the mother's funeral where it brings the family together and only then do the years of suppressed anger, resentment, and frustration finally surface and the healing begins. The book is easy to read and follow¿there are detailed descriptions, and lots of funny, entertaining dialogue to keep the story flowing.
Anonymous 9 months ago
There is a fine line between tragedy and comedy . The final scene is hilarious and so satisfying that what needs to be said gets said.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Ugly ways was a pretty good read. The fictional story was believable and indeed interesting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ugly Ways gets better on the second reading. I love Mudear's pearls of wisdom as the ghost and I hated her methods of raising children or being a wife. If you have ever been depressed, this book will lift your spirits and provide a little breathing room in your heart and head. I thoroughly enjoyed Ansa's book. Her other books leave me wanting the humor and warmth I experienced in Ugly Ways.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the book, i could't put it down it made me laugh and it made me cry. I could not beleive some of the things they went threw .I kind of hated to finish the book because that meant it was all over. I recommend this book to any and every one--Signed what do i do now SB of Norfolk???c