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by Terry McMillan

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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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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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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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Momma 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book, it takes you into what's its like for single mothers trying to make it, amazing!!
Ronique01 More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book hooked me from the beginning read it years ago WILL read again
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She hums, strolling down the sidewalk.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mama did have much drive about herself. I did not like the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite of all her books. Always go back to reread.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.