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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: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Beem Weeks | 2/17/2014

    " I read this book years ago when it first hit the market. I fell in love with the characters, their dialogue, and the easy-going narration. Melinda Haynes tells a sad tale of racial ambivalence, class order (or disorder), and the mistakes and sins common to mankind--regardless of the era. The story charts the lives of Even Grade, a black man, and Valuable Korner, a fifteen-year-old white girl, the daughter of the town whore. Their lives intersect at points neither could have imagined. Family secrets are dragged out into the midday sunlight for closer examination. Yearnings for human connection, commitment, and love without strings brings this story to it's heart-felt ending. I recommend this gem. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Melinda | 2/14/2014

    " 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 by Jeri Johnson | 2/4/2014

    " I read this because it was an Oprah pick. However, after reading several Oprah picks, I've determined that I don't care for the books she likes. She was abused in her youth and she has a pension for books with similar themes. There is an underlying darkness about the novels that I don't relate to. The one thing I noticed about this particular book was the use of similes. There were so many (almost every page) that I started underlining them. This might be fun for a book club or English class assignment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Leslie | 2/3/2014

    " This author entranced me with her descriptive phrases. I frequently stopped to absorb her words. The story was also engrossing. "

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