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Getting Mother’s Body

By: Suzan Lori Parks
Recommended for grade(s): 10, 11, 12, College Plus

Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks’s wildly original debut novel,Getting Mother’s Body, follows pregnant, unmarried Billy Beede and her down-and-out family in 1960s Texas as they search for the storied jewels buried—or were they?—with Billy’s fast-running, six-years-dead mother, Willa Mae. Getting Mother’s Body is a true spiritual successor to the work of writers such as Zora Neale Hurston and Alice Walker—but when it comes to bringing hard-luck characters to ingenious, uproarious life, Suzan-Lori Parks shares the stage with no one. —from the website at Penguin Random House

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