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A “wonderful novel” steeped in the folklore of the South from the New York Times–bestselling author of The Women of Brewster Place (The Washington Post Book World).
On an island off the coast of Georgia, there’s a place where superstition is more potent than any trappings of the modern world. In Willow Springs, the formidable Mama Day uses her powers to heal. But her great niece, Cocoa, can’t wait to get away.
In New York City, Cocoa meets George. They fall in love and marry quickly. But when she finally brings him home to Willow Springs, the island’s darker forces come into play. As their connection is challenged, Cocoa and George must rely on Mama Day’s mysticism.
Told from multiple perspectives, Mama Day is equal parts star-crossed love story, generational saga, and exploration of the supernatural. Hailed as Gloria Naylor’s “richest and most complex” novel, it is the kind of book that stays with you long after the final page (Providence Journal).
“Resonates with genuine excitement . . . A big, strong admirable novel.” —The New York Times Book Review
“This is a wonderful novel, full of spirit and sass and wisdom, and completely realized.” —The Washington Post
“Naylor’s prose makes readers want to shout for joy about the power of love and the strength of language. . . . Naylor is a master at creating an emotionally charged page-turner.” —Detroit Free Press
“The novel’s strength and passion come through in the rich detail of its voices. . . . Naylor creates a story as vivid as the incantatory prose she uses to tell it.” —The Boston Globe
“Naylor’s own magic as a storyteller makes the unbelievable believable. Mixing lyrical delight with stark horror, her vividly imagined world is mesmerizingly authentic.” —Southern Magazine
“[Naylor] is a writer who is willing to take chances to discover the unfamiliar, to present the familiar in a new way.” —Providence Journal
Gloria Naylor (1950–2016) grew up in New York City. She received her bachelor of arts in English from Brooklyn College and her master of arts in Afro-American Studies from Yale University. Her first novel, The Women of Brewster Place, won the National Book Award. She is also the author of Linden Hills, Mama Day, Bailey's Cafe, The Men of Brewster Place, and the fictionalized memoir 1996.
From Publishers Weekly
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