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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Beautiful story read by the author.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes because it is prose at its best and it touches your soul.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Sarah Creamer because all she wants in her life is to be a good mother to Madison Bridge.


Have you listened to any of Bren McClain’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I think that this is her first performance. It was incredible listening to her read her own book.


Who was the most memorable character of One Good Mama Bone and why?

Once again, Sarah Creamer. I love her conversations with Mama Red.


Any additional comments?

Bren McClain has written a beautiful story and I am looking forward to more books by her.

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- Nancy

Simply Fabulous!

This audio book was one of the best I've heard. Bren McClain did a remarkable job reading her debut novel. As good a job as any professional narrator. And the story is simply Fabulous. If you liked, To Kill A Mockingbird, then this book is right up.your alley.
submitted by: Craig Faris, 17-time published author and winner of 31 literary awards. Author of The Spectrum Conspiracy, winner of 8 literary awards in International, regional, and national competitions.
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- Craig Faris

Book Details

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