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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (927 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:
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Set in the bayous of the Florida Everglades in a migrant labor camp, The Upper Room is a powerful, vibrant, and lyrical story, peopled with richly-drawn and unforgettable characters. Most memorable of all, is the indomitable, astounding, larger-than-life Mama Ruby, the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter, a woman with healing hands, a voracious appetite, and a switchblade and a crucifix at her bosom. Mama Ruby may not be all crazy, but she’s at least halfway there. She’s known for taking things that aren’t rightfully hers, like her best friend’s stillborn baby, a tiny girl that she brought back to life and christened Maureen. She’s also rumored to have done away with her husband.

With her God-fearing neighbors watching her every step, it’s all Mama Ruby can do to stay ahead of the law. One desperate night, she flees to Goons, a dirt-poor migrant settlement in the Everglades and strangely, it feels like home. And through everything, she remains downright nuts about the one gift God gave her, her precious daughter Maureen. But growing up with a mama like Ruby is enough to make any half-sane girl wish for something, anything, else. And when Maureen gets the chance to explore the “real” world, you can bet she’s going to take it and run like hell.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Reminiscent of Zora Neale Hurston…Fantastic and exaggerated, the novel…is a candid portrayal of the cold-blooded yet fascinating Mama Ruby.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Kevin Free is so skillful that the listener will forget the narrator of this dark comedy is a man.”


  • “A chilling story that is bound to astound.”


Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Kendra Norris | 2/19/2014

    " Don't like this one at all. Couldn't understand or follow it.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Gwen K | 2/11/2014

    " This was a good read but I wish I would have read this BEFORE Mama Ruby. There were quite a few inconsistencies with the main character that I probably would not have noticed had I read the original before the prequel. Overall, I did enjoy the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mschell | 2/7/2014

    " This is one of my favorite books of all time, the characters are very colorful and memorable. I listen to the audiobook at least once a year. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Miranda | 2/6/2014

    " I laughed my butt off!!!!!!! "

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