Getting Mother's Body

Getting Mother's Body

Downloadable Audiobook - 2008
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Within the tradition of the great African-American women novelists, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks blazes her own trail. Parks tells the story of Billy Beede, a woman who has been impregnated by a bigamist coffin salesman, who sets out on a quest with her relatives to dig up her mother's body in La Junta, Arizona. Her mother's last wish was that she be buried with all her best jewelry, and Billy wants to rob the grave to help pay for future expenses. On the way, she and her relatives are plagued by the racist prejudices of the 1960s South -- where a couple of the Beedes spend the night in jail though they have committed no offense. This surreal narrative makes for an original and unsettling book.
Publisher: New York : Books on Tape, [2008]
ISBN: 9781415953136
1415953139
Additional Contributors: Books on Tape, Inc
Summary: Within the tradition of the great African-American women novelists, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks blazes her own trail. Parks tells the story of Billy Beede, a woman who has been impregnated by a bigamist coffin salesman, who sets out on a quest with her relatives to dig up her mother's body in La Junta, Arizona. Her mother's last wish was that she be buried with all her best jewelry, and Billy wants to rob the grave to help pay for future expenses. On the way, she and her relatives are plagued by the racist prejudices of the 1960s South -- where a couple of the Beedes spend the night in jail though they have committed no offense. This surreal narrative makes for an original and unsettling book.

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