One Good Mama Bone: A Novel

One Good Mama Bone: A Novel

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ISBN-13: 9781611177473
Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
Publication date: 02/14/2017
Series: Story River Books
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 54,640
File size: 584 KB

About the Author

Bren McClain was born and raised in Anderson, South Carolina, on a beef cattle and grain farm. She has a degree in English from Furman University; is an experienced media relations, radio, and television news professional; and currently works as a communications confidence coach. She is a two-time winner of the South Carolina Fiction Project and the recipient of the 2005 Fiction Fellowship by the South Carolina Arts Commission. An excerpt from One Good Mama Bone was named a 2012 finalist for the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Award for a Novel-in-Progress. This is McClain’s first novel.
New York Times best-selling author Mary Alice Monroe is the author of The Beach House, Skyward, Sweetgrass, Swimming Lessons, Time Is a River, Last Light over Carolina, The Butterfly's Daughter, and other books.

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One Good Mama Bone: A Novel 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous 7 days ago
This is a fantastic story, a "don't wanna put down"! As a motger of grown children, at times I long for another chance at "One Good Momma Bone". Heart felt and full of compassion. Loved it!
teachlz 17 days ago
Linda Zagon's review Oct 28, 2018 · edit it was amazing Read 2 times. Last read October 28, 2018. WOW!!!Kudos to Bren McClane, Author of “One Good Mama Bone”, for such a captivating, insightful, intense, emotional, and thought- provoking novel. Bren McClane’s vivid descriptions of the rural South Carolina landscape in the early 1950’s and her colorful cast of characters are absolutely amazing. The Genres for this novel are Fiction and Historical Fiction. The author weaves many important topics together to tell this story. One of the questions that comes to mind, Is it Nature or Nurture that causes human being’s behavior? The author does give us a glimpse of some of the characters as they are growing up, and how their parents place certain expectations, and show lack of parenting skills. For example, Sarah Creamer, was brought up being told she was too fat to go to church and her mother keeps repeating that “Sarah doesn’t have one good mama bone in her'”. Now Sarah is an adult and finds herself in charge of a little boy that was brought into the world by her best friend and husband. Despite their betrayal, Sarah is on hand to help with the delivery of a little boy. The mother kills herself, leaving Sarah holding the baby. Sarah remembers her mother’s word, that ” she doesn’t have one good mama bone in her”, and panics. Sarah and her husband bring up the baby, Emerson Bridge. When Emerson Bridge, turns seven, Sarah’s husband dies, leaving her in dire circumstances. They live in poverty, and barely have enough to eat. Sarah sews dresses and sells them to try to survive. Sarah owes so much money to many people. Sarah hears of an opportunity to make money and give her son a friend. There is a contest where young boys can help their steer grow, and win prize money. Some of the boys don’t realize what will happen to their steer. His mother buys the calf from Luther Dobbins, who will do anything to win this contest. Luther has a son the same age as Emerson. Emerson Bridge names his calf Lucky. Lucky is crying all night and the next morning, they find that his mother has made it four miles and is feeding him. Sarah calls the Mama Cow, “Mama Red”, and starts learning some mothering skills from the cow. Sarah is really trying to find her “Mama Bone”. I appreciate that Bren McClane discusses how important animals are to humans. It is mentioned that humans should be kind to animals. Important topics such as parenting, being a Mother and a Father, compassion, religion, family, emotional support, friendship, love and hope are seen in this story. There are twists and turns , betrayals, loyalty, tragedy, love and hope. I would highly recommend this fantastic novel for those readers who love a well written story.
Reader_KY More than 1 year ago
Rarely do I ever finish a book with my heart so full of love and my eyes so flooded with tears! This book is an exquisite debut novel, uniquely told with with Southern flair and oh so much passion for the subject matter. After meeting Bren McClain, I knew that I would love this book. But I was not prepared for the outpouring of emotion that came from reading the book and listening to the audio edition. The next books I read I know will suffer in comparison because this is one that will stay with me for a long time. I can't wait to see what Bren writes next but you can bet I will be the first in line for it. Five stars for One Good Mama Bone!
Craig Faris More than 1 year ago
Are You Ready For The Next "To Kill A Mockingbird?" Well, here it is!, April 3, 2017 By Craig Faris (Story River Books) (Hardcover & Audio) I loved this so much that I bought two copies, the hardback and the audio book. Brenda McClain, is our modern day Harper Lee, and this, her debut' novel, is truly the next "To Kill a Mockingbird." It was everything that I had hoped for and more. The writing is from the heart; the story is so moving that it brings you to tears; the emotions and the love for the characters and the animals is breathtaking. A lot of times, after reading or listening to a book, I'll either sell it or delete the file, but NOT this one. This is the type of book you'll want to save for re-reading a year from now just so you can relive the story all over again. Pat Conroy read this book before it was published and he was so moved that he asked if his publishing company could have the honor of publishing it... and they did, right before is death. I was honored to meet Bren years ago at a writers conference when we were both unpublished and knew her when this manuscript was a finalist in the 2012 William Faulkner/ Wisdom Pirates Alley competition and I am thrilled that her upcoming novel, "Took" won the 2016 just won the same competition in 2016. So, get her to autographed copy while you can, because she is going to the top of the New York Time Bestsellers list... perhaps ever the Pulitzer Prize. Reviewed by Craig Faris, Seventeen-time published author with 31 literary awards, and author of The Spectrum Conspiracy, winner of 8 literary awards in international, national and regional competitions.