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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.
Cover Illustration © Cathie Bleck; Copyright ©1999 Melinda Haynes; Copyright (P)1999 NewStar Media Inc.
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By Anne Gilson on 04-15-03

How wrong can one man be?

At first I wasn't going to listen to any of Oprah's choices. "Books for women," I said. Then I needed something for a trip and listened to "Icy Sparks". After that I knew I was wrong about Oprah's picks and immediately downloaded "Secret Life of Bees". After listening to that superb book, I knew I was really wrong. But "Mother of Pearl"...top of the list. Beautiful prose. Wonderful characters. Outstanding voice reading the story. I'm hooked. You go, Oprah.

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By Anne on 02-22-04

Abridged Version is Very Jumpy

I have really struggled with this book. Usually when I listen to my audiobooks, I linger in my car, stalling until the last minute to go into work. With this book, I felt like I had to force myself to keep listening.

There are several main characters, and the author jumps from one to the next. I agree with the reviewer that said the narrator was too chatty. I often didn't realize that we had jumped to a new character I ended up rewinding the book to reorient myself. Maybe the problem is that the book is abridged.... I don't know for sure, but I feel like I wasted a good audio credit on this one.

I will say that the characters are unique and interesting, such as african american woman who is a seer of sorts. There is sort of magical realism or divine quality to the book because of her. I guess I will just say that if you are interested in this book, perhaps you should try the unabridged version. To me, this version was a dud.

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