Mother of Pearl (Oprah's Book Club)

By: Haynes, Melinda

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Book Condition: Near Fine


Second printing. A very nice copy. 1999 Hard Cover. 448 pp. Author's first novel. Marking the debut of a stunning new literary talent, Mother of Pearl captures the irony and beauty of life in the Deep South in exquisite prose that brings to mind Kaye Gibbons and Olive Ann Burns. But Haynes creates a wholly distinctive new style by drawing on her own Southern roots and the noble country language of her youth in this remarkable first novel. Set in a small Mississippi town in the late 1950s, MOTHER OF PEARL is populated by wonderfully rich and original characters with themes of identity and the true meaning of family interwoven throughout. The story revolves around twenty-eight-year-old Even Grade, a black man who grew up an orphan, and Valuable Korner, a fifteen-year-old white girl whose is the daughter of the town whore and an unknown father. Their paths cross through Joody Two Sun, a seer, who sets up camp along the riverbank just outside of town and becomes Even's lover. Both Even and Valuable are seeking the family, love and commitment they never had, and their search ultimately takes both of them to places they never dreamed they'd go. Told in beautifully nuanced narrative with a staggering richness that resonates with emotional truth, Mother of Pearl is a haunting, bittersweet tale of the search for identity and the power of renewal.

Title: Mother of Pearl (Oprah's Book Club)

Author: Haynes, Melinda

Categories: Contemporary,

Edition: 2nd Printing

Publisher: Hyperion: 1999

ISBN Number: 0786866276

ISBN Number 13: 9780786866274

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Seller ID: 2267494

Keywords: MISSISSIPPI FICTION FRIENDSHIP 1950S FIFTIES MELINDA HAYNES MOTHER OF PEARL RACE RACISM PREJUDICE BLACK AFRICAN AMERICAN AFRO NEGRO OPRAH'S OPRAHS OPRAH BOOK CLUB,