Mama Day

Mama Day

Book - 1989 | 1st Vintage contemporaries ed.
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Miranda Day, matriarch of an island off the coast of the U.S., fights a mortal combat with dark forces that threaten her great-niece, Cocoa, who has married and gone to the mainland.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1989, c1988.
Edition: 1st Vintage contemporaries ed.
ISBN: 9780679721819
Characteristics: 312 p., [3] leaves of plates : ill. ; 20 cm.


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A fascinating novel that reworks elements of Shakespeare's The Tempest. On the island of Willow Springs, off the Georgia coast, the powers of healer Mama Day are tested by her great niece, Cocoa, a stubbornly emancipated woman endangered by the island's darker forces.

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LPL_ShirleyB Apr 28, 2017

This story is so vivid --I read it when it was 1st published in the late 1980s and I can still picture some of the scenes as if I watched a film-version! I want to re-read it soon; I'm feeling a need to revel in some good magical realism.

Nov 01, 2010

One of my all-time favorite books. Powerful, magical, real, engrossing, heartbreaking, lingering in my consciousness long after I finish reading it.


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YesAnotherSara Aug 17, 2017

Winner of the Lillian Smith Book Award

A “wonderful novel” steeped in Southern folklore from the New York Times bestselling author of The Women of Brewster Place (Washington Post Book World).

“Makes readers want to shout for joy about the power of emotionally charged page-turner.” —Detroit Free Press


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