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Getting Mother’s Body by Suzan-Lori Parks on February 3rd at 6:30 in M2 hosted by Marci’s December 17, 2009

Filed under: Books — Susan @ 8:43 pm Review

Like a country quilt, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks’s spellbinding first novel, Getting Mother’s Body, is pieced together from rags: short and slanted scraps of narrative recounted by various friends and members of the hard-luck Beede clan of Ector County, Texas. These sad, wily, bickering voices tell the story of Billy Beede–poor, unmarried, and pregnant–and her dead mother, the “hot and wild” blues singer, Willa Mae Beede, who may or may not have been laid to rest with a fortune of diamonds and pearls in her coffin. When a letter arrives announcing that a supermarket is being built on the ground where Willa Mae was buried, Billy determines to dig her up and get the jewels. But Willa Mae’s embittered female lover, Dill Smiles, is just as intent on keeping the corpse in the ground. Deeper and richer than a typical quest novel, Getting Mother’s Body is also the story of an African-American family, of beauty winding like bright thread through long-held grudges, hopelessness, and greed.

One Response to “Getting Mother’s Body by Suzan-Lori Parks on February 3rd at 6:30 in M2 hosted by Marci’s”

  1. […] February 16, 2010 Filed under: Past Meetings — Susan @ 4:58 pm February 3rd, 2010 in M2 hosted by Marci-Getting Mother’s Body by Suzan-Lori Parks  […]

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