Mother of Pearl

  • by Melinda Haynes
  • Narrated by Nana Visitor
  • 16 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


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Mother of Pearl (Unabridged)

A wonderful story that brings a smile to one's lips, a tear to one's eyes and a warmth to one's heart.
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- Lorraine

I couldn't wait for it to end

Maybe it was the narrator who used the same voice for every character so you were never sure who was speaking, or maybe it was the convoluted style of writing, but I could never get in to this book as I can with a great audiobook. It is supposed to take place in a small town in Mississippi and yet none of the characters seemed to know each other prior to the time of the story. The timeline was impossible to follow. This is one book that may be better to read instead of listen to since the lengthy narratives about dreams, old letters, and past lives make you want to go back and figure out which character is being developed.
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- Gregory Han

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-05-1999
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books