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Mama Ruby may not be all crazy, but she's at least halfway there. She's known for taking things that aren't rightfully hers, like her best friend's stillborn baby-a tiny brown girl that she brought back to life with her legendary healing hands and christened Maureen. She's also rumored to have done away with her husband. (True, he deserved it, but still.) Some fear her. Others try their best to avoid her. But most everyone agrees the devil has got hold of Mama Ruby's Soul.

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Overview

Mama Ruby may not be all crazy, but she's at least halfway there. She's known for taking things that aren't rightfully hers, like her best friend's stillborn baby-a tiny brown girl that she brought back to life with her legendary healing hands and christened Maureen. She's also rumored to have done away with her husband. (True, he deserved it, but still.) Some fear her. Others try their best to avoid her. But most everyone agrees the devil has got hold of Mama Ruby's Soul.

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Originally published in 1985, Mary Monroe's engaging debut novel, The Upper Room, features Ruby Montgomery, an obese, indomitable character who steals her best friend's baby daughter and flees to rural Florida, where she establishes herself as an almost mythical figure. The dialogue and setting are reminiscent of Zora Neale Hurston, but the story has a bizarre, violent edge ? la Stephen King. Fantastic and exaggerated, the novel may seem dated in its descriptions of race and sex, but it is a candid portrayal of the cold-blooded yet fascinating Mama Ruby. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780758208897
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 6/28/2004
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 4.32 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Monroe
Mary Monroe
MARY MONROE is the New York Times bestselling author of Deliver Me From Evil, God Don't Play, In Sheep's Clothing, Red Light Wives, God Still Don't Like Ugly, Gonna Lay Down My Burdens, God Don't Like Ugly, The Upper Room, and the novella "Nightmare in Paradise" in Borrow Trouble. An avid traveler, Mary currently lives in Oakland, California.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2003

    Very Disappointed!!!

    I read this book on recommendation from others that really enjoyed it. I found it bizarre, disturbing and not in the least bit funny. Mama Ruby is little more than a drunken nut-case with a God/Devil complex. Even more upsetting is that she is held in the highest esteem by a bunch of disturbed cronies that are constantly surrounding her and supporting her craziness. Just about every character in the story acts like they were dropped on their heads as babies. The story is bizarre at best, with too many incredibly absurd and unbelievable events (even on the level of fiction). I like to get lost in a story, to feel involved. All I wanted to do was run away chapter after chapter. If this is what I can expect from Mary Monroe, I wont bother with any of her other titles. It's too bad, because I really wanted to enjoy this book. It just didnt happen for me.

    14 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2012

    Mary Monroe Fan

    Momma Ruby got issues!!! Liked the story alot, if you have read any Mary Monroe books you will like The Upper Room.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2011

    OK

    Parts of the book were entertaining but most was just too weird. The author went overboard with the unbelievable killings throughout the story. I'm glad that this was a lendable book. Would have been upset had I sent money on it...

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 17, 2011

    The Upper Room

    Without a doubt one of the worse books I have ever read. There is so much to dislike in this book, murder, mayhem and madness. This is the second book in a series and begins with Mama Mary having settled down in a new town in Florida.She has with her, her son and the "daughter" the Lord gave her, by way of her best friend (her friend thought the baby was born stillborn). She is the principle character and is this incredible invincible woman, the present day super woman I suppose. She is a mean-spirited, contemptible, beer guzzling bully who kills seemingly for little reason other than the fact that she perceives you have in some way crossed her. Those that surrounded her are pulled into her craziness because they are afraid of her. Her son and the "daughter" are no more than pawns to satisfy her narcissistic self. She involves her son in these killings and tells him she has received these revelations from God, and this gives her permission to kill. A deranged character who contaminates all of those that come into contact with her. In fact if you can believe it half of the town in which she lived seemed afraid of her. I really didn't care for any of the characters. Perhaps the only redeeming person was her son. I didn't care for this book at all.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2012

    Good quick read

    Finished the book in two days. It was different, not somsthing i was use to. I love suspense, murder, and horror books. This was a mild version of all three. I would reccomend that you read this if u want an in between book.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 9, 2012

    Not even recommend unless your looking for crazy read !

    This book was extremley weird the writer was all over the place with her story try to give her chance by reading the other book Mamma Ruby, but it just as wack as the other book.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 1, 2012

    A little disappointed......

    This was my second time reading this book, and I can't quite remember if I enjoyed the first time around, but this time.....I was seriously "SMDH." I felt like I needed to read it again, because Mary Monroe wrote "Mama Ruby" AFTER this book....and this book was the sequel!!! Sooooo any old way, my main hopes were that Ruby would reunite with her daughter that she was forced to part with when she was young. Unless I was so thrown off by Mama Ruby's LUNACY.....I DON'T EVEN THINK THAT WAS MENTIONED :( In addition to that, Mama Ruby was a for real crazy lady. I won't take away the fact that there were definitely some "laugh out loud" parts throughout the book, but for the most part Mama Ruby point blank "got on my nerves!!" I was ecstatic when Maureen finally escaped her ignoramus reigns and even more ecstatic that she wasn't weak enough to fall for the idiotic stunts that Mama Ruby and her crew pulled. I don't regret the purchase because I am HUGE "Mary Monroe" fan, however I have to be honest in saying this was by far one of the worst books she's ever written :(

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 21, 2012

    I am completely, totally underwhelmed by this book. So disjoint

    I am completely, totally underwhelmed by this book. So disjointed - the subject hops around and great gaps in the storyline leave me wondering just exactly what the point is. I'm only about 100 pages into it, but for the life of me I can't figure out why I keep reading, and I never, ever just drop a book. This may be a first for me but most likely I'll struggle through. I must say I am a very fast reader - I've been at it two weeks and keep falling asleep.

    Mama Ruby is nuts. The cast of characters is somewhat nuts and mostly not too believable. I'm bored.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 3, 2011

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    Very entertaining

    This book was very good. It had me laughing throughout the entire book. The characters were very funny and very believable. Mama Ruby is someone that I think everyone has met in their lives to a certain extent. Although I didn't like the ending I can't wait to see if there will be a part 2...

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2012

    Interesting

    A book written about violence, racism, alcoholism and religious beliefs. The story takes you on a journey through the civil rights era, following loud mouth Mama Ruby. People both love and fear her. It follows the relationship between Mama Ruby and Maureen and a cast of characters. Difficult to read at times. This book is not about civil rights per se, but is centered in that time. Im looking forward to reading more by Mary Monroe.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2012

    Awesome

    The things that make you say umph! Spectacular read.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2012

    Good but..

    This book is entetaining but the ending is disappointing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2012

    Good read..quick read...wanted a lilttle more closure.

    I couldnt stop reading this book! So many details ...poor maureen i wish she would have heard the truth. Some events that took place were crazy...it was crazy that no one around mama ruby told her she was wrong

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2012

    Highly Recommended you must check it out.

    If you’re in the mood for a quick read and a little bit of suspense, then this is the book for you. Mama Ruby,is believed to have special powers. In fact, her “healing hands” brought her best friend Othella’s still born daughter back to life. Since Mama Ruby had always longed to have her very own daughter, she took this as a sign that the baby was a gift from God. So, without a word to Othella, Mama Ruby steals off into the night with the baby she named Maureen and settles in a migrant community outside of Miami. She gains the reputation of someone whom is not to be played with. She “chastises” those who dare to cross her and has her son Virgil help her hide the bodies. THE UPPER ROOM is filled with a cast of colorful characters and just enough drama and suspense to keep you turning the pages and craving for more.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 26, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    Excellent read, there is something at every turn. Without giving anything Ruby is a character she is one woman no one wants to miss with. And doing what she did to her best friend wow. Just read it will not disappoint.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2012

    Amazing

    Amazing book! Love all Mary Monroe books!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2012

    Omg

    Seriously.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2012

    Not at the top of my list

    In my opinion, this would not go down as this authors best work. I mean it was ok, but i have read better. Mama ruby was defintely CRAZY! And so was everybody else for following in behind her.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2014

    Mama Ruby....wow....

    Although it had many unbelievable tales, it was still entertaining. I can however see for that era how so many folks could fall under her spell. I did wish the book had ended differently though, especially for Maureen. For those who will not be reading anymore of Mary Monroes books based on this one, you will definitely be missing a treat. She is an awesome author!

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