I been in sorrow's kitchen and licked out all the pots: a novel

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Hyperion, Jun 2, 1992 - Fiction - 355 pages
37 Reviews
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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This was my Book Group's selection. - Goodreads
ok. this book is really about style, not plot. - Goodreads
I have done research on Gullah and I know. - Goodreads
The portrayal of the dialect was spot on. - Goodreads
The cover art, by Michael Schwab. - Goodreads
... the plot isn't anything special. - Goodreads

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

User Review  - Tammey - Goodreads

Such an awesome read. I picked this book up on a clearance, not really expecting much until I read the first page. I was hooked from the beginning. The dialect was a little confusing at first, but ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Rainbolt - Goodreads

Liked the characters and the story, but, the book just ended -- almost as if the author had a minimum number of pages to write and once she hit it, that was it. Read full review

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About the author (1992)

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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