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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (332 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Melinda Haynes Narrator: Leo Burmester Publisher: Simon & Schuster Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2001 ISBN:
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In sparsely populated George County, Mississippi, lies Chalktown - a small village of folks who only communicate through the chalkboards hanging from their front porches. Down the road from this bizarre place lives the Sheehand family: sixteen-year-old Hezekiah, his reckless sister Arena, his mentally disabled brother Yellababy, and their disaffected and often cruel mother Susan Blair, whose husband has abandoned the family. One day Hez sets out for Chalktown with Yellababy strapped to his back. Hez is determined to plumb Chalktown's mysteries while his family confronts a tragedy that will pave the way for a hopeful future.

Armed with a gothic and spiritual sensibility reminiscent of Flannery O'Connor, Melinda Haynes weaves her characters' lives and stories into an unforgettable tapestry of sorrow and salvation.

Melinda Haynes' Mother of Pearl was an unexpected sensation, chosen for Oprah's book club and selling more than half a million copies in hardcover. Now with the same stunning language, Haynes returns to the country she knows so well - the backwoods South of the 1960's - to tell the story of a mysterious town and its inhabitants, each with their own affections and joys, each with their own secrets. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 2/20/2014

    " This is a strange southern tale. The imagery is amazing and the characters were incredibly interesting--albeit hard to keep track of at first. There is also a bit of a mystery that you have to stick with to figure out, but for the most part it is about an ecclectic group of people that deal with things the only way they know how...and there are some weird and wonderful ways. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry | 2/18/2014

    " Hezekiah takes his severely retarded, disabled brother, Yellababy, to Chalktown, a small community of misfits when their home situation seems intolerable. Yellababy's presence seems to initiate a healing process for these people in the aftermath of the unexplained killing of one of their number. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tricia | 1/23/2014

    " The premise was interesting - a town where people communicate only by writing on the chalkboards outside their houses. I've finished the book but I feel like I might've skipped some pages because it's taken me quite long to get through it. I don't know, maybe this is because I'm a weak reader. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cassiel | 1/11/2014

    " Oh those kooky, quirky southerners. Enough already; one Faulkner in the world will do. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Orlena | 12/26/2013

    " Haunting & satisfying "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Julia | 12/25/2013

    " Picked it up spontaneously on the clearance table & glad I didn't pay full price. I like "Southern Gothic" type novels, but this one seemed to be trying too hard to fit into the genre, and the plot was too predictable. I almost didn't finish it, but I was traveling and had nothing better to do. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Speech3 | 11/14/2013

    " Beautifully written - enjoy each page "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 10/30/2013

    " This book was hard to get into but once I stuck with it, it was hard to put down. I didn't like the way it ended and would have liked to see more written about Susan Blair's two sons. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fran | 10/20/2013

    " Great read, not as good as Mother of Pearl, but enjoyable to read for sure! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 9/19/2013

    " Hard to get into. Intersting characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erica | 8/4/2013

    " I found this book in a second-hand bookstore in Phoenix during an extended flight delay. What a pleasant surprise. It is a true Southern gothic masterpiece. Strange, otherworldly characters elicit admiration and revulsion. It leaves a lasting impression. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry | 7/28/2013

    " I'm a sucker for Faulkner and Faulkneresque, and this was good enough to hold my interest until the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 6/11/2013

    " slow going at first, almost stopped reading it, starts to get better as you get into it. wouldn't read it again, would only recommend it if there was literally nothing else to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colleen Brogan | 3/23/2013

    " Kind of Faulkner-esque - nicely done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 3/6/2013

    " I liked the story woven by this author. I had the audio version and had a bit of trouble keeping the characters straight as she changed threads, but it was different and I will look for other books by her "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Canuckgal | 12/16/2012

    " I had such high hopes for this one. I loved Mother of Pearl, but could not finish this one, although I tried several times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helen Kitson | 6/26/2012

    " A Southern gothic tale of murder and religion centred around 16-year-old Hez who looks after his young retarded brother and who stumbles upon the secrets of Chalktown, where the inhabitants communicate via chalk instead of speech. [July 2004] "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brynne Betz | 1/20/2012

    " As quirky and fun as the South itself. Enjoyed the author in person as well. Nice, solid, and yet hasnt lost her dreamy side...wish we could all be that way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christa | 1/14/2012

    " I liked the writing of this book. It was a little slow, but the charactor presentation held my attention. I would have given it four stars but I thought the ending was confusing. I needed more for the author to understand the meaning. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Becky Brandau Piano | 1/6/2012

    " hard to follow characters....truth be told I didn't finish it!!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angela | 7/23/2011

    " Slow and boring! But odd enough so I give it 2 stars instead of 1. I think its funny that most reviews mention that they bought this book on clearance. Me too! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stephanie | 3/3/2011

    " The only thing interesting about this book was its premise. Sadly, I just got half-way through this and gave up on it. It really failed to hold my interest. The characters were thin and the plot never went anywhere I cared to follow. What a bust! :o(

    Grade: DNF "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry | 8/15/2010

    " I'm a sucker for Faulkner and Faulkneresque, and this was good enough to hold my interest until the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christa | 8/10/2010

    " I liked the writing of this book. It was a little slow, but the charactor presentation held my attention. I would have given it four stars but I thought the ending was confusing. I needed more for the author to understand the meaning. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Canuckgal | 8/9/2010

    " I had such high hopes for this one. I loved Mother of Pearl, but could not finish this one, although I tried several times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry | 6/6/2010

    " Hezekiah takes his severely retarded, disabled brother, Yellababy, to Chalktown, a small community of misfits when their home situation seems intolerable. Yellababy's presence seems to initiate a healing process for these people in the aftermath of the unexplained killing of one of their number. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Speech3 | 5/19/2010

    " Beautifully written - enjoy each page "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colleen | 4/19/2010

    " Kind of Faulkner-esque - nicely done. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erica | 12/10/2009

    " I found this book in a second-hand bookstore in Phoenix during an extended flight delay. What a pleasant surprise. It is a true Southern gothic masterpiece. Strange, otherworldly characters elicit admiration and revulsion. It leaves a lasting impression. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angela | 11/19/2009

    " Slow and boring! But odd enough so I give it 2 stars instead of 1. I think its funny that most reviews mention that they bought this book on clearance. Me too! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 7/23/2009

    " I liked it but many of the reviews were not good. It is strange. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 7/5/2009

    " Hard to get into. Intersting characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 9/14/2008

    " I liked the story woven by this author. I had the audio version and had a bit of trouble keeping the characters straight as she changed threads, but it was different and I will look for other books by her "

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