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Mama's Girl Paperback – May 1, 1997
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Growing up in the 1970s in a home plagued by violence, divorce, and double standards, the award-winning author (who wrote this memoir in her 20s) struggled to exceed low expectations and a fraught relationship with her mother. Chambers, who is of Panamanian descent, takes an honest look at the trials that she and her family had to face in the United States. A title that will resonate with many teens.
"For any daughter who has ever loved and blamed Mama in the same anguished breath...triumphant."Bebe Moore Campbell
"Moving...the story of a strong soul growing up."—USA Today
"While Mama's Girl skillfully traces the evolution of a complicated mother-daughter relationship, it is also a testament to the resilience of black women across generations."—Ms.
"A troubling testament to grit and mother love...While the story of her own achievement under grim, often violent circumstances is extraordinary, the reader is left feeling particularly grateful for [Chambers's] compassion. Her portrait of her Panamanian mother—proud, protective, angry, and in need—is one of the finest and most evenhanded in the genre in recent years."—The New Yorker
"Affecting and eloquent...Chambers's rise...is remarkable, as is her spare, lilting writing style...On the often painful circumstances she has faced—her mother's coldness, what it means to be black in the post-civil rights era—Chambers writes with probity. And she illustrates her thoughts with well-culled details that are telling and lyrically rendered: A."—Entertainment Weekly
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Unfortunally, there was something about the way she let everyone boss her around, and beat on her. I felted that she should have defended herself better than what she did in the past.
By reading this novel, I learned that, no matter what you go through, stick by your family side, because one day you would be able to change the way they act in life.
I think that any child who is going through what Veronica Chambers went through, should take the time out and read this novel. That way they would know what to do in certain situation.