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If Only Mama Was Aware of This!!
on June 7, 2014
I need to start out by saying that I LOVED this book by Suzan-Lori Parks. Really loved it. The first 30 or so pages didn't start of particularly well for me and I wasn't sure I was going to like it but I pushed through and I am glad I did because it truly was an excellent book. A great combination of tragedy, folly, and comedy. Well written in what I would call great bursts of writing, the author tells the story of what can only be referred to as a family and a loose confederation of people on the road to recover what they think is "buried treasure" in the form of jewels that were buried with one Willa Mae Beede upon her death. The protagonist here--her daughter Billy Beede--is a knocked up 16 year old girl who isn't sure if she wants to keep her baby or get an abortion but she knows one thing for sure and that is she needs money. All of the characters in this small Texas town are poor as poor can be. So Billy comes up with this idea to go find her mother who she believes was buried with a pearl necklace and diamond ring, unearth her body, and sell the jewels for money. Unfortunately, getting to this small town is no small task and it appears many others have the same idea including her Uncle and one-legged Aunt, Willa Mae's lesbian lover Dill, and several others including a distant cousin Laz who they met on the way to dig up mom. A really well written book that will leave you alternately laughing and crying but also realizing that when someone is so poor, they would resort to almost anything they think is realistic to pull themselves out of poverty.