• Title: Getting Mother's Body
  • Author: Suzan-Lori Parks
  • ISBN: 9780965754880
  • Page: 215
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Getting Mother s Body Like a country quilt Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Suzan Lori Parks s spellbinding first novel Getting Mother s Body is pieced together from rags short and slanted scraps of narrative recounted
    Like a country quilt, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Suzan Lori Parks s spellbinding first novel, Getting Mother s Body, is pieced together from rags short and slanted scraps of narrative recounted by various friends and members of the hard luck Beede clan of Ector County, Texas These sad, wily, bickering voices tell the story of Billy Beede poor, unmarried, and pregLike a country quilt, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Suzan Lori Parks s spellbinding first novel, Getting Mother s Body, is pieced together from rags short and slanted scraps of narrative recounted by various friends and members of the hard luck Beede clan of Ector County, Texas These sad, wily, bickering voices tell the story of Billy Beede poor, unmarried, and pregnant and her dead mother, the hot and wild blues singer, Willa Mae Beede, who may or may not have been laid to rest with a fortune of diamonds and pearls in her coffin When a letter arrives announcing that a supermarket is being built on the ground where Willa Mae was buried, Billy determines to dig her up and get the jewels But Willa Mae s embittered female lover, Dill Smiles, is just as intent on keeping the corpse in the ground Deeper and richer than a typical quest novel, Getting Mother s Body is also the story of an African American family, of beauty winding like bright thread through long held grudges, hopelessness, and greed.

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    1. Onvan : Getting Mother's Body - Nevisande : Suzan-Lori Parks - ISBN : 096575488X - ISBN13 : 9780965754880 - Dar 280 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2003

    2. I have attempted to read this book 2 or 3 times in the past, but could never really get into it. This time I listened to the audio which was narrated, and at times sung, by the author Suzan-Lori Parks. Evidently, therein lay the magic of this book. I really got the feel of the setting and era by experiencing it this way. Really enjoyed this quirky story about a child, her dead mother, and that mother's buried treasure. All of the characters were well developed and each told the story of their gr [...]

    3. Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks's debut novel, Getting Mother's Body, has an affinity to William Faulkner's classic, As I Lay Dying, only this time, Parks has flipped the script in a couple of areas. First, instead of taking a body home to be buried, the characters are planning to exhume the remains of one "high-strung, party girl/singer", Willa Mae Beede; and secondly, the characters are African American, the setting is 1963 rural Texas, and the lead character is Billy Beede, a poor pregnant, unwed [...]

    4. I really enjoyed this book. It was somewhat different than what I assumed it would be but it was good nonetheless. I won't recount the whole story again in this review. The jacket synopsis does a pretty good job. You have to read the book because I definitely do recommend it. It's funny, quirky, down to earth and a little absurd but I enjoyed it. What an adventure with this rabble of characters. I only tired the slightest bit towards the end because I became impatient. Suzan-Lori Parks is a new [...]

    5. I absolutely hated this book. The writing style was bizzarre and unreadable and the plot was no better. How this ever got published is beyond me. I would avoid this like the plague.

    6. This book had no effect on me whatsoever. I really wanted to stop reading it on page 20, but I forced myself to finish. I didn't learn anything from this story or get attached to any of the characters. I can't even bring myself to write a real review. I'm just happy to be finished. Now, I can move on to the next book on my "to-read" list.

    7. This is the best gotdamn book I have read in a long, long time. Talk about a story and characters. Lord, this book was excellent. Billy Beede for life.

    8. My favorite kind of book is a book told from the different perspectives of the various characters. This was that kind of book. The plot and premise alone make it worth 3 stars. It was a clever creative story. I laughed, I yelled, I sighed, I hoped, I was let down. It was an emotional roller coaster. Billy Beede worked my nerves for about 90% of the book. Most of the characters irritated me, actually. The only one I liked consistantly was Laz. I'm definitely Team Laz. That's why the ending made m [...]

    9. I love any book that starts out with the words: "Where my panties at?" This is very much like Faulkner's As I Lay Dying in the style as well as premise; however, Parks' novel is much more riveting.

    10. Forgettable in fact, so forgettable that when entering books from my old file of book lists (that I kept before !) I had to look it up and then could not remember anything particularly redeeming about it except that I did finish it. Another review on compares this to Zora Neale Hurston -- Yikes, I certainly did not think so!

    11. This story of an extended family preparing to dig up a grave with the official purpose of relocating the deceased woman, and unofficial purpose of finding some jewelry she's allegedly buried with might sound horrific or a type of dark comedy had it been written by someone without Suzan-Lori Parks' writing talents. (For reference, the last modern book I can think of that I'd put in this same category of writing would be "Bastard Out of Carolina"). The novel is narrated from different family membe [...]

    12. The book jumps back and forth between many points of view. Even some minor characters who only appear briefly. I enjoyed that and didn't find it offputting as some reviews seem to - it was easy enough to keep up with the pov character's name being given at the start of that section.I liked the story and how it came together, and the setting in the sixties at the dawn of the civil rights movement. The plot of a treasure that may or may not have been buried with the main character's mother is inte [...]

    13. I enjoyed reading it for the most part. There was wit, and love. It wasn't great though because I never felt the author had any idea of why she was writing this novel, other than that she knows how to write a good sentence so she might as well write a book's worth. So the book remained at the level of superficial entertainment that got a little annoying and then tedious by the end because in spite of being a road trip book it never went anywhere.

    14. Engrossing, well written tale of a black family populated with an eclectic group of characters(pregnant 16 yr. old, lapsed preacher & his one legged wife, lesbian pig farmer, mortician's son.). The pregnant 16 yr old is off to dig up her mother's body because rumour has it her Mom (willa mae) was borrowed with her diamond & they all need the $$.The author is a professor @ CalArts in Valencia. I liked it-a very fast read!

    15. This was a quick read. Read it in one day. Interesting characters. It reminds me of The Beans of Egypt Maine from the 1980s. Poor black and poor white people suffer almost the same sorrows and happiness. This book adds the unfairness of racism. I liked it as it had a sort of happy ending.

    16. Not too many books make me laugh out loud. This one did. I can't wait to read something else by Ms. Parks.

    17. uncomplicated genius touching the reality of familial greed, secrets and sike-outske, lighter than the Color Purple but in the same vein.

    18. While this novel plays to just about every stereotype of black and white that I can think of, it does have power and voice. In fact, many voices as the narrative shifts between characters' points of view.The plot is fairly simple: Beede family members concoct a means of recovering supposed treasure from the grave of Willa Mae Beede who spent her life conniving and singing, dragging her now-pregnant daughter Billy with her. So many voices populate the novel and they sing. They do. The voice of Ro [...]

    19. Read this when it was first released. I'm a huge fan of Parks's theatre work, and so was super excited about the novel. The key here is the form: Faulkneresque in the quick shift from perspective to perspective, but with a moral framework that is more contemporary and open than Faulkner's was, one that centers black women's experiences instead of white men's. The plot is mostly an excuse (as it often is for Parks) for the ideas embedded in both form and voice. As I am generally more interested i [...]

    20. Not generally my cup of tea, but expertly done. The book belies the author's history & proficiency with plays. It might as well have been a play instead of a book, given it consisted almost completely of dialogue and monologue. There were a few passages that stopped me short, they were so stunning and well-written.

    21. So I kind of felt like I had read the book before, and I had, but all I really remembered was the name Beede. So I read it again, and what I really liked about it was that the story was told from different character's point of view, but not repetitive events, just picking up the story from wherever they were at and continuing on. Discussion questions: Why is Billy Beede interested in Snipes? How is she mature and how is she naive?I assume he was handsome, and he definitely drove a brightly attra [...]

    22. Although there were some interesting events that happened in this book, I am really not interested in this genre. But for the interesting, I give this book a 2.5.I wonder if Blacks really do have issue with coupling as Billy Beade seems to not know her baby daddy. After bedding Billy, Snipes does not want to marry her. Billy was pregnant with Snipes child and that fact that she is not married yet makes the towns people talk about her. Billy does not like her mother who Billy thinks is fake.Willi [...]

    23. This is a really clean story and a fast read The interplay between all the characters was done well.

    24. what a fun read it was, with great characters and an premise that cracked me up. Funny thing is that I kept seeing Billy Beede as trailer park white, when this is more like Faulkner with an African American re-write. I later found out that though this is the author's first novel, she wrote an award winning play, which explains why the dialog was so good that it begged to be read out loud.From the PublisherBilly Beede, the teenage daughter of the fast-running, no count -- and six years dead -- Wi [...]

    25. I think I would have enjoyed this book more if I had not just read Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying" earlier this year. Because all I did while reading this was compare it to the classic that I enjoyed very much.Faulkner's is about a very poor family's mother who dies and then gets carted all over creation in the best illustration of Murphy's Law you might ever read. There is quite a bit of humor mixed in with some pretty heavy commentary on society.Parks' is about a very poor family of sorts who deci [...]

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