Mama Day

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Vintage Books, 1989 - Fiction - 312 pages
196 Reviews
On the island of Willow Springs, off the Georgia coast, the powers of healer Mama Day are tested by her great niece, Cocoa, a stubbornly emancipated woman endangered by the island's darker forces. A powerful generational saga at once tender and suspenseful, overflowing with magic and common sense.
  

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Love Naylor's writing style. - Goodreads
Great parody of the Tempest. - Goodreads
really excellent love story about married life. - Goodreads
Naylor is the absolute master of character development. - Goodreads
I guess I am a sucker for a happy ending. - Goodreads
Excellent writing by Gloria Naylor. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Gabby - Goodreads

2.8 stars. I liked the story in this book, overall, but the narration style bogged me down. It was told from several different points of view and almost in a stream of consciousness style (nice word ... Read full review

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User Review  - Tennille Biggers - Goodreads

This is one of my favorites. Mix Naylor's style of writing with the 'magic' on that island and you've got a powerful experience as you read this story. I want Mama Day to take me under her wing and teach me everything she knows. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
2
Section 3
66
Section 4
129
Section 5
174
Section 6
183
Section 7
197
Section 8
201
Section 14
258
Section 15
260
Section 16
263
Section 17
268
Section 18
278
Section 19
282
Section 20
283
Section 21
293

Section 9
231
Section 10
232
Section 11
244
Section 12
247
Section 13
252
Section 22
302
Section 23
313
Section 24
314
Section 25
315
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About the author (1989)

Gloria Naylor was born in New York City in 1950, where she grew up and still lives.  She received her B.A. in English from Brooklyn College and her M.A. in Afro-American studies from Yale University.  She has taught writing and literature at George Washington University, New York University, Boston University, and Cornell University.  

She is the author of The Women of Brewster Place, which won the American Book Award for first fiction in 1983; Linden Hills, published in 1985; and Bailey's  Cafe.

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