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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (715 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Suzan-Lori Parks Narrator: Suzan-Lori Parks Publisher: Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks' 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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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cheryl | 2/12/2014

    " Your mother is buried with what you think are valuable jewels, and suddenly you're in need of some quick easy money. Great characters, wonderful voices, and a quick bouncing read. The audiobook I listened to had "mother" singing songs between chapters that illuminated the underlying themes of the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Martie | 2/7/2014

    " a bit too cornball for me "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Harley | 2/4/2014

    " This is my new favorite novel of the moment. I had more fun reading this than anything in a long time. Suzan-Lori Parks was a new author for me, and I guess this is her only novel. She received a Pulitzer for a play in 2002, and she's foremost a playwright. I loved the heroine, Billy Beede, and her optimism and stubbornness in the face of one and then another plan that doesn't work out. She's unstoppable. She's surrounded by great characters with their own private stories. A satisfying twist at the end. The novel is unique because it's all first person -- but with 19 narrators. A few are tangential characters who only show up once to help us along the way. The book is just over 250 pages, but creates a whole world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Robyn | 1/29/2014

    " It took me a while to get into this, but enjoyed it once I did. I like the style, pared down to the very basics without a lot of frilly, lyrical language. Each chapter is told from the first person perpsective of one of the characters, but what's interesting is how many interesting gaps there are in what you know given all the different inside perspectives you get. And a very interesting character in Dill. "

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