I Been in Sorrow's Kitchen and Licked Out All the Pots: A Novel

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Hyperion Books, 1992 - Fiction - 355 pages
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This remarkable novel follows the life of Marietta Cook from her birthplace in the Gullah-speaking Low Country of South Carolina to Charleston, where she struggles to support her family during the turbulent '60s, and, finally, to California--a country woman in the land of freeways and luxury condominiums.

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Review: I Been in Sorrow's Kitchen and Licked Out All the Pots

User Review  - Ellen Johnson - Goodreads

I loved the first parts before the football playing started and the pacing changed. Loved the connection with nature at beginning and returned to at the end. The portrayal of the dialect was spot on. I have done research on Gullah and I know. Gives us a view into a world most outsiders never see. Read full review

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User Review  - Susan - Goodreads

The story of Marietta is quite a read. Susan Straight painted pictures with her words and the use of colloquial dialogue. Read full review

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Novelist and short story writer Susan Straight graduated from Amherst College in 1984. She teaches Creative Writing at the University of California in Riverside. Aquaboogie, her first collection of short stories, won the Milkweed National Fiction Prize and was one of Publishers Weekly's best paperbacks (1990). I Been in Sorrow's Kitchen and Licked Out All the Pots was named one of 1992's best novels by both Publishers Weekly and USA Today. It was also a New York Times Notable Book.

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