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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (9,203 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Melinda Haynes Narrator: Nana Visitor Publisher: Phoenix Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2000 ISBN:
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Set in small town Mississippi in the late 1950s, Mother of Pearl is populated by wonderfully rich and original characters with themes of identity and the true meaning of family interwoven throughout. The story revolves around 28-year-old Even Grade, a black man who grew up an orphan, and Valuable Komer, a 15-year-old white girl who is the daughter of the town whore and an unknown father. Their paths cross through Joody Two Sun, a seer, who becomes Even's lover. Both Even and Valuable are seeking the family, love, and commitment they never had, and their search ultimately takes both of them to places they never dreamed they'd go. Download and start listening now!

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

    " This was a pretty good book. It's interesting how the two groups grow and blend together through the twists and turns. a decent historical fictions on the late 1950s if you like this period. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Phoebe | 2/8/2014

    " read 400 pages and realized that i didn't even want to finish it. i think the author was going for a toni morrison thing but it didn't work for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 2/7/2014

    " So far this has been a SLOW read in that it's like reading poetry in Novel form and you want to savor it... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Blessedutopia | 2/5/2014

    " I read this book when I was pretty young. It was good, not great, not bad...just good. The characters were interesting and well developed..a bit slow at times, but over all...a GOOD book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Deirdre | 2/5/2014

    " Did not like or finish. A rarity for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary Sullivan | 1/30/2014

    " What an uneventful story...took so long to develop the characters and the story. Their relation to each other, the climax and the end was completed in less than 100 pages of a 400 page book. Sorry Oprah this one didn't excite me! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carol | 1/26/2014

    " Couldn't get into, it. Boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phoenix Assist | 1/25/2014

    " Mother of Peal is a very moving book. It looks at a life through several people and their circumstances. Still rolls around my mind. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melinda | 1/19/2014

    " I absolutely loved this book. The attention to detail with diction and description add to the discussion of race and society's estimation of "morality". Well written and executed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Regina | 1/19/2014

    " This was a good book, it held my interest. Some parts were a little bizarre and still not sure why they were in the story. I truly did love the main characters in the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Longland | 12/27/2013

    " I read this but honestly don't remember much about it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 11/24/2013

    " I really enjoyed this story. About racism, secrets and what if's. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pam | 11/20/2013

    " I had a hard time getting into this book initially, but it did get better towards the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 pjreads ♫ | 11/2/2013

    " 25.5 850 pp from TBR "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristin | 10/28/2013

    " I loved this character study of the South. It reminded me why I love great literature. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 10/25/2013

    " Not a well known book, discussed in my book club. I liked it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 + Dragonfly+ | 9/6/2013

    " Read this a long time ago, a Oprah book club pick. It was a page turner! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynnette | 4/11/2013

    " I had a tough time getting through some of the language in this book. There were many phrases that were difficult to interpret. Overall this was a very good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paula | 1/13/2013

    " This is a rich and poignant story about life in the deep south in the mid-1950's. There are several stories woven into detailed descriptions of life in rural Mississippi with deep and personal insights into familial, friendship, sexual and race relationships. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 12/17/2012

    " A very different story for me, I am glad I read it. But, it is on the down side. OPRAH - maybe she is too happy now? LOL!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 6/21/2012

    " the characters were awesome. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shelley | 4/3/2012

    " I didn't really like this. I don't remember it too much, but I know I got it from my mother - in - law and she didn't really think too much of it either. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leanne | 3/19/2012

    " Lots of characters, but once I got into the book I really enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gretchen | 1/28/2012

    " Beautifully written. Rich detail. Engaging characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kris | 8/14/2011

    " Great book....set in Mississippi....read it a long time ago. Time to read it again? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Trina | 8/13/2011

    " Wow is all I can say. Wow what an awful book. Confusing; the characters are numerous and I feel were never introduced into the plot correctly. Story just jumps all over the place. The language not comprehendible to me. Felt like I needed a "language of the mississippi" dictionary or something. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Eileen Lachapelle perry | 6/20/2011

    " To many intertwining plots and characters "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kiki | 6/12/2011

    " So beautiful and heart-wrenching. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brette | 5/20/2011

    " It got an extra star cuz I'm still reading it despite it all "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gretchen | 3/14/2011

    " Beautifully written. Rich detail. Engaging characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 2/24/2011

    " A very different story for me, I am glad I read it. But, it is on the down side. OPRAH - maybe she is too happy now? LOL!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paige | 2/22/2011

    " Really enjoyed this book and can't imagine why it took me so long to pick up and read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 2/12/2011

    " I really enjoy this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shawna | 1/28/2011

    " This book was excellent! I can see why Oprah picked it for her book club. Fascinating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aubrey | 1/17/2011

    " Left me wondering and searching for more books about the race issue of the 1950 era south.
    Compelling, hard, and all to true. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vickie | 12/7/2010

    " I liked the writing style,but the story was so dark ,it stayed with me for awhile.Not in a good way ,either.Too sad for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy | 11/26/2010

    " You know how people say they "couldn't put it down"? Well, I "couldn't pick it up". I don't remember why, because it has been a while, but I do know I tried several times to get into this book...no luck. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joelyn | 10/8/2010

    " Feeling a bit confused but liking that feeling "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jacque | 9/15/2010

    " I read this based upon a recommendation and because it was part of the Oprah book club. It was average at best. It is not the type of book I typically enjoy. I would not recommend it for a leisurely read. "

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