One Good Mama Bone

  • by Bren McClain
  • Narrated by Bren McClain
  • 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Set in early 1950s rural South Carolina, One Good Mama Bone chronicles Sarah Creamer's quest to find her "mama bone", after she is left to care for a boy who is not her own but instead is the product of an affair between her husband and her best friend and neighbor, a woman she calls "sister". When her husband drinks himself to death, Sarah, a dirt-poor homemaker with no family to rely on and the note on the farm long past due, must find a way for her and young Emerson Bridge to survive. But the more daunting obstacle is Sarah's fear that her mother's words, seared in her memory since she first heard them at the age of six, were a prophecy, "You ain't got you one good mama bone in you, girl."
When Sarah reads in the local newspaper that a boy won $680 with his Grand Champion steer at the recent 1951 Fat Cattle Show and Sale, she sees this as their financial salvation and finds a way to get Emerson Bridge a steer from a local farmer to compete in the 1952 show. But the young calf is unsettled at Sarah's farm, crying out in distress and growing louder as the night wears on. Some four miles away, the steer's mother hears his cries and breaks out of a barbed-wire fence to go in search of him. The next morning Sarah finds the young steer quiet, content, and nursing a large cow. Inspired by the mother cow's act of love, Sarah names her Mama Red. And so Sarah's education in motherhood begins with Mama Red as her teacher.
But Luther Dobbins, the man who sold Sarah the steer, has his sights set on winning too, and, like Sarah, he is desperate, but not for money. Dobbins is desperate for glory, wanting to regain his lost grand-champion dynasty, and he will stop at nothing to win. Emboldened by her lessons from Mama Red and her budding mama bone, Sarah is committed to victory even after she learns the winning steer's ultimate fate. Will she stop at nothing, even if it means betraying her teacher?

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Had me at Chapter 1

Loved this book. Very well written. Main character, Sarah, doesn't realize just how strong a woman she is. She digs deep...
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A Must Listen

Would you consider the audio edition of One Good Mama Bone to be better than the print version?

Yes. From the first spoken word, you will be living in Sarah's world and experiencing her sadness and joy like you are standing right next to her.


What was one of the most memorable moments of One Good Mama Bone?

When Sarah first spoke her truth to Mama Red.


Which scene was your favorite?

The moment Sarah realizes how hard Mama Red fought to get to Lucky.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I found myself smiling, crying, and even shaking my head at times. I even sat in my office parking garage listening until the end of a chapter.


Any additional comments?

I read the print version first and have listened to the audio edition twice. It is a beautiful, moving story for all to experience.

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- Marci L. Werlinich

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-16-2017
  • Publisher: Bren McClain