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Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks’s wildly original debut novel, Getting Mother’s Body, follows pregnant, unmarried Billy Beede and her down-and-out family in 1960s Texas as they search for the storied jewels buried—or were they?—with Billy’s fast-running, six-years-dead mother, Willa Mae. Getting Mother’s Body is a true spiritual successor to the work of writers such as Zora Neale Hurston and Alice Walker—but when it comes to bringing hard-luck characters to ingenious, uproarious life, Suzan-Lori Parks shares the stage with no one.


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Quotes & Awards

  • “With a playwright’s ear, a novelist’s eye, and a passionate appreciation for the complex magic of everyday women, Suzan-Lori Parks spins a story whose characters are as mysterious and sexy as lace curtains billowing at the bedroom window.”

    Pearl Cleage

  • Suzan-Lori Parks is a terrific writer whose characters don’t so much talk to us as sing, full-throated, of their joys and miseries. Richard Russo, author of Empire Falls
  • A cheerful tack across deep Faulknerian waters. The New York Times Book Review
  • The kind of story that sneaks up on you and makes you care about the characters and what happens to them. USA Today
  • Even minor characters are vivid and unforgettable. . . . [The] chorus of voices . . . tells the interwoven story of Willa Mae and her daughter with such flair and harmony that I was compelled to keep reading. The Washington Post
  • Of course Suzan-Lori Parks can write a mean patch of dialogue . . . but the real treat here is watching Parks experiment with setting. . . . [She is] a master of pitch and mood. Entertainment Weekly
  • With material steeped in the dark side of American history and a rare gift for the vernacular, [Parks is] the sort of provocateur one might get by crossing William Faulkner with Richard Pryor. . . . Parks’s dialogue rings ribald and jazzy. Vogue
  • A splendid and joyous American novel. Elle
  • There’s jazz and spunk in the writing here, tremendous humor that ultimately yields to tenderness. Book magazine
  • “A thoroughly riveting novel of love, family, and redemption.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Fueled by irresistible, infectious talk and prose that swings like speech, this novel begs (no surprise) to be read aloud.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
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