Based on things that I had heard, I went into reading this book with the idea that it was going to be a madcap comedy of sorts. While that notion was incorrect, this story does have it's deliciously funny moments. But more than that, this author has a flair for period settings and strong, believable dialogue that make this an unforgettable story.
Likening this author to Alice Walker and Faulkner is next to blashphemous...in my opinion. The story lacks continuity, character development and falls short of the promises in the reviews and covers. Story line perpetuates a negative stereotype of African Americans of the most damaging,yet persistent sort. Save your time and money.
I'm very much hoping that more in the line of fiction stories is to come from this author. This little lady is one heck of an author. This story grabbed me from the first line and i loved the whole rest of the ride. It was fun to have her "talk" to me as this is how it is written, like she is talking to me. The story is wonderful, i enjoyed it tremendously. Billie Beede is gonna have a baby, she's already 5 months gone, Snipes is the one who "bigged" her and he acts like he hasn't noticed, he sells caskets and is a bit of a shyster. But when she brings the matter up he says he will marry Billie, after all he gave her $62.00 to buy a wedding dress and shoes and a ticket to meet him out of town. Don't matter none that they only have sex by the side of the road and she found red panties in the back seat of his bright lemon colored Ford Galaxie--those he claimed were his sisters!! Her momma was said to of been buried rich, so guess who is gonna go get mother's body? I liked being in 1960 again,...I liked it alot.
I really liked this book. It took no time to read (maybe because I couldn't put it down!). There is not any fantastic action, just good writing and great characters. I love the authentic voice in which she writes and it was a joy to read.
This is an excellent audio version of the book "Getting Mother's Body" which is written and read by the author.
Not only do you get the story, but you also get blues songs sung for you.
Each chapter is narrated by a different character in the book and they are all great - from 15-year old, pregnant, and unwed, Billy (named after Billie Holliday but her mother didn't really know how to spell), to Dill Smiles, her mother's Lesbian lover, to Willa Mae Bede herself (she sings the blues in most of her chapters) -this is an entertaining audiobook and one I can heartily recommend.
The story centers on the Bede family and friends who live in Texas in 1963. Willa Mae was supposedly buried with her treasure, a pearl necklace and a diamond ring. Now that Willa Mae's resting place is about to be paved over for a new motel, the only chance that her daughter will have to get the treasure is to somehow get to LaJunta, Arizona and dig her up.
This was an interesting read, but I do not see myself re-reading it.
Pure literary genius! I'll keep this one for my library.