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Title:
Mother of pearl : a novel
Author:
Haynes, Melinda.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Hyperion, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
448 pages ; 25 cm
Language:
English
Reading Level:
900 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 6.1 27.0 32281.

Reading Counts RC High School 9 34 Quiz: 22833 Guided reading level: NR.
ISBN:
9780786866274
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Marking the debut of a stunning new literary talent, Mother of Pearl captures the irony and beauty of life in the Deep South in exquisite prose that brings to mind Kaye Gibbons and Olive Ann Burns. But Haynes creates a wholly distinctive new style by drawing on her own Southern roots and the "noble county" language of her youth in this remarkable first novel.

Set in a small Mississippi town in the late 1950s, Mother of Pearl is populated by wonderfully rich and original characters with themes of identity and the true meaning of family interwoven throughout. The story revolves around twenty-eight-year-old. Even Grade, a black man who grew up an orphan, and Valuable Korner, a fifteen-year-old white girl who is the daughter of the town whore and an unknown father. Their paths cross through Joody Two Sun, a seer, who sets up camp along the riverbank just outside of town and becomes Even's lover. Both Even and Valuable are seeking the family, love, and commitment they never had, and their search ultimately takes both of them to places they never dreamed they'd go.


Author Notes

Melinda Haynes grew up in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. A painter most of her life, she now writes full time from her home in Grand Bay, Alabama where she lives with her husband.


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