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3.75 out of 53.75 out of 53.75 out of 53.75 out of 53.75 out of 5 3.75 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gloria Naylor Narrator: Augustus Williamson, Medwin Johnson, Cedric Ward, Cheryl La Mar, Bonita Harvey Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Welcome to Bailey's Café, the most mythically real diner you've ever walked into. Presided over by Bailey and his helpmate, Nadine, it is a magnet that draws a wide variety of the colored people of 1948, each with a story to tell. Bailey tells us about his love for his strong, quiet wife, and shares his haunting memories of World War II.

Then, one by one, we hear from the café's regulars. There is Sadie, whose addiction to alcohol is second only to her mania for cleanliness; the oddly maternal Eve, whose bordello accepts only fresh flowers as legal tender; Sweet Esther, who takes nothing but white roses for her particular favors; Peaches, whose badly mutilated face is a sharp contrast to her beautiful body; Jesse Bell, who cannot overcome her lust for heroin; Miss Maple (whose real name is Stanley); and Mariam, the Ethiopian child who may be the bearer of a miracle.

Gloria Naylor, author of Women of Brewster Place and Mama Day, has created perhaps her finest work in Bailey's Café. Her wonderful chorus of characters tell tales of woe and fortitude, prejudice and pride. Naylor has transformed the trials of these outcasts into timeless truths about the strengths of people everywhere.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Amelia | 2/8/2014

    " I'm not sure how I feel about this book. It was confusing but it really sucks you in... I need someone else to read this so that I have someone to discuss it with! LOL "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Caitlin | 1/31/2014

    " I enjoyed it at the surface level, but I feel like there might be more going on that I don't really understand. Over all though interesting stories, short, and easy read. Will probably read it again at some point in time to see if I get a different reading out of it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Marla Glenn | 1/31/2014

    " A fabulous writer/storyteller. I was amazed to be able to read such an intense work w/o having more insomnia than I did. Her characters are remarkable, as is her brevity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ann | 1/28/2014

    " A beautifully written book, with amazing tales of desperation. I found it hard to follow because it was really a collection of short stories, each with its own narrator. A very sad book. "

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