Three sisters return to their southern hometown after the death of their difficult, demanding mother, in a novel by the author of Baby of the Family.
In life, Esther Lovejoy was an intolerable mother. She raised her daughters with an iron fist, browbeat her husband into submission, and insisted they call her Mudear (an abbreviation of Mother Dear). As adults with successful careers, Betty, Emily, and Annie Ruth have scattered across the country to avoid Mudear’s influence. But now it’s time to lay her to rest, and the Lovejoy sisters have returned to Mulberry, Georgia, to pay their last respects.
What they discover is that while Mudear may be dead, she is far from gone. With a large dose of compassion and a generous splash of humor, Tina McElroy Ansa serves up a powerful tale of family secrets and the ways our scars make us stronger.
“A voice that is fresh and strong and just quirky enough to stand out from the crowd.” —The Boston Sunday Globe
“An entertaining read . . . The author, like a good small-town gossip . . . paints a vivid picture of three bright, beautiful and emotionally scarred African-American sisters.” —Los Angeles Times
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UGLY WAYSUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
Three black sisters reunite in their Georgia hometown to embrace, scream, smoke, contemplate suicide, and swap clothes while preparing for their mother's funeral—in a rambling follow-up to Ansa's ... Read full review
Review: Ugly WaysUser Review - Carolee Weber - Goodreads
Read this for my book group -- it kept my interest, but in other ways it was a very formulaic story of a dysfunctional Southern family. Why are books set in the South so often about dysfunctional ... Read full review