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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (496 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary Monroe Narrator: Kevin R. Free Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2011 ISBN: 9781461805007
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Growing up in Shreveport, Louisiana, Ruby Jean Upshaw is the kind of girl who knows what she wants and knows how to get it. By the time she’s fifteen, Ruby has developed a taste for fast men and cheap liquor, and not even her preacher daddy can set her straight. Most everyone in the neighborhood knows you don’t cross Ruby. Only Othella Mae Cartier, daughter of the town tramp, understands what makes Ruby tick.

When Ruby discovers she’s in the family way, she’s scared for the first time in her life. After hiding her growing belly with baggy dresses, Ruby secretly gives birth to a baby girl at Othella’s house. With few choices, Othella talks Ruby into giving the child away, and with the help of a shocking revelation, convinces Ruby to run off with her to New Orleans.

But nothing can erase Ruby’s memories of the child she lost-or quell her simmering rage at Othella for persuading her to let her precious baby go. If there’s a fine line between best friend and worst nightmare, Ruby is surely treading it. Because someday, there will be a reckoning. And when it comes, Othella will learn the hard way that no one knows how to exact revenge quite like Ruby Jean Upshaw.

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  • “Although this works as a stand-alone title, fans of Monroe’s The Upper Room will be thrilled to see this prequel, which explains what made Mama Ruby the one-of-a-kind woman she is.” 

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorraine | 2/14/2014

    " I DID ENJOY THE BOOK AND IT WAS A FAST READ, BUT I'M STILL NOT SURE IF I WILL READ ANY MORE OF THE AUTHOR'S BOOKS. WILL HAVE TI THINK ABOUT THAT SOME MORE. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Veronica | 2/10/2014

    " This book is damn near crazy...lol. Mama Ruby is Hell on wheels and she kept me on for the ride the entire time....I am gonna read the Upper Room, Which is the sequeal to this book. You have to read this "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiana Freeman | 2/8/2014

    " It was a bit strange to be reading a prequel to a book that I had read quite a bit ago. I almost feel like I should re-read the original book although the sequel is now out. It was a good read, but hard to take in because I already knew what eventually happens. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wanda Cooper | 2/6/2014

    " OH My...this explains it...I read "Upper Room" first enjoyed it but too many unanswered questions...once I read this one most questions were answered and I could say...now I understand... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judi | 2/4/2014

    " Again a wish for half stars. (I can wish in one hand . . . ) This would be a three and a half. This is my favorite of Mary Monroe's books thus far. Good narrator. A period piece set in the pre civil rights era Louisiana on the eve of World War Two. It chronicles the lives of two unlikely black best friends. One girl a pastor's daughter, the other a whores daughter. They move from hard times to harder times as they grow up. I find Mary Monroe's books consistently enjoyable and engaging. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 2/3/2014

    " I love love love this book. Ruby Jean Upshaw is a MESS!! stone cold mess lol. Bravo Mary Monroe this book was so good im reading it again, mama ruby is so real and crucial all at the same time. She a pastors daughter but he anit right and she anit either but I love her. Reading mama ruby makes me sad because I know how the upper room ended. Awww MAMA RUBY!! :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danamm64 | 1/8/2014

    " This book was a great page turner. I could not put it down! Although this book was very explicit at times, I found,that I could not wait to see what crazy thing happened next. Since this is the prequel to The Upper Room, I can not wait to read the sequel which was written first. I am glad that I will be reading the books in order "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caisha | 1/4/2014

    " I loved it! Im just starting the Upper Room now and Im sure it will be just as good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheila Winters | 12/24/2013

    " I definitely wanted to finish reading this book, so the plus is the writing kept me curious. I cannot say I enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathi | 11/1/2013

    " Now we know why she is how she is ! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 StS | 10/26/2013

    " Great book .. Now I need to go back and re-read The Upper Room because I don't remember everything that happened in that book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shayne | 10/25/2013

    " This was the usual from Ms. Monroe. Brothels, philandering men, sex, low self-esteem overweight main character that makes horrible decisions. Not her best work but definitely not her worst. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shawnte | 8/24/2013

    " Absolutely loved this book. Ruby and Othella are really two characters that keep you flipping those pages. Creatively and excellently written. Mary Monroe is truly a gifted writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krazyangel | 1/26/2013

    " This was a good book. It isnt a book for anyone under the age of 16 that is what I think. It really depends on the person and how you feel as a parnet. I liked the book maybe not my favor but it was a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marianne Stehr | 12/26/2012

    " In depth characters make this Southern tale a real charmer. The characters are so real you feel like they are friends and family. This is a quick, light read that is truly enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sabrina Berry | 9/17/2012

    " Very interesting characters....Ruby ( oops "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracey E | 8/23/2012

    " I really was surprised by this book. Once I started reading it I couldn't put it down. I felt like I was there with the characters. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alana | 7/25/2012

    " Enough! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janell | 7/24/2012

    " loved it!! Good prequel to Upper Room! I know understand Ruby better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea Charles | 7/11/2012

    " I really enjoyed the shenagins that Ruby and Othella got into.However did not like how Ruby got named "Mama Ruby." I expected the obvious reason but the author gave an alternative description which was alike type disappointing. Was an okay read currently reading the "UpperRoom." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vi Louise | 1/22/2012

    " Mary Monroe creates fully developed characters that the reader can really relate to. I can't wait to continue this saga. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela Gunter | 11/14/2011

    " Loved this book it was playfully written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 9/4/2011

    " This was an unusual book about two black girls growing up in Louisiana during the depression. They leave home at a young age in search of husbands and experience hardship and racism but are still fearless in search of their dreams. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miranda Parker | 8/10/2011

    " The full review will be in the June issue of RT Book Reviews. I will post up a snippet when it goes live on RTBookReviews.com. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alisa | 7/18/2011

    " This is a good book. I read The Upper Room first and couldn't wait to read Mama Ruby. It gives great insight into Mama Ruby's behavior in The Upper Room. The last chapter of Mama Ruby left me completely at a loss for words. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephaine | 6/15/2011

    " i am loving this book cant put it down "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ~sparklingflame~ | 6/7/2011

    " I loved it! Im just starting the Upper Room now and Im sure it will be just as good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shevi | 6/1/2011

    " Mama Ruby was a favorite character of mine from The Upper Room, so it was good reading about her again! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katisha | 5/26/2011

    " I really don't like her "God....." series. I mean, I did, but she lost me around book 3 or so. But this series? Good stuff. Great plot, great imagery, and straight up hilarious at times. All my favorite things. Give it a read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miranda | 3/3/2011

    " The full review will be in the June issue of RT Book Reviews. I will post up a snippet when it goes live on RTBookReviews.com. "

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About the Author
Author Mary Monroe

Mary Monroe is a New York Times bestselling African American fiction author. Her first novel, The Upper Room, was published in 1985. She is best known for her novel God Don’t Like Ugly, and the series revolves around the characters it first introduced.

About the Narrator

Kevin R. Free is an audiobook narrator and six-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award. Known for his work with young-adult novels, he has read titles by Rick Riordan, Walter Dean Myers, and Joe Haldeman. In 2011 he was named a Best Voice in Young Adult and Fantasy from AudioFile magazine for his narration of Myers’ The Cruisers: Checkmate.