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3.3 out of 53.3 out of 53.3 out of 53.3 out of 53.3 out of 5 3.30 (30 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Melinda Haynes Narrator: Nana Visitor Publisher: Phoenix Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 1999 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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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 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 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 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 Leslie | 2/3/2014

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maryb652 | 2/3/2014

    " Has potential but is a difficult read. There are several sections that are so random I was having trouble following along. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz Allen | 1/31/2014

    " I loved this book. Great Southern magical realism. If Faulkner had been a woman and a much happier writer, he might have written something like this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/14/2014

    " An interesting story, but a little hard to get into/follow at the beginning. A bit confusing at times, but overall a good read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carol | 1/13/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katha | 1/5/2014

    " I was very surprised by this book. I didn't think I'd be that into after reading the summary, but it was handed to me as a recommendation, so I felt obliged to read it. Haynes has beautifully descriptive writing style that thoroughly held my attention and made for a very satisfying read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pari | 12/12/2013

    " For some reason you want to keep reading it. Not because you're hoping for an explanation or a story or a plot. But because you want to know what in the world possessed the author to write a book that makes no sense. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Trina | 11/10/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hexa | 10/31/2013

    " open up our eyes to reality "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Phoebe | 6/21/2013

    " 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 Kristin | 4/26/2013

    " 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 Jennifer | 4/19/2013

    " Fascinating book and a good view of other slices of life than I normally see. I loved the descriptions and writing style. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cindy | 4/5/2013

    " One of the few books that I couldn't bring myself to finish. A disjointed, confusing storyline and totally unrelateable characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terri | 10/30/2012

    " I loved this story about people who came together to creat their own family, of sorts, out of an unexpected assortment of folks. I even love the main characters names - Even Grade and Valuable Korner! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 9/25/2011

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

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Deirdre | 8/4/2011

    " 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 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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