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Getting Mother's Body - A Novel

Suzan-Lori Parks

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Billy Beede, the teenage daughter of the fast-running, no-account, and six-years-dead Willa Mae, comes home one day to find a fateful letter waiting for her: Willa Mae's burial spot in LaJunta, Arizona, is about to be plowed up to make way for a supermarket. As Willa Mae's only daughter, Billy is heiress to her mother's substantial but unconfirmed fortune-a cache of jewels that Willa Mae's lover, Dill Smiles, is said to have buried with her. Dirt poor, living in a trailer with her Aunt June and Uncle Roosevelt behind a gas station in a tumbleweedy Texas town, and pregnant with an illegitimate child, Billy knows that treasure could mean salvation. So she steals Dill's pickup truck and, with her aunt and uncle in tow, heads for Arizona with Dill in hot pursuit. While everyone agrees it's only polite to speak of getting mother's body and moving her to a proper resting place, it's well understood that digging up Willa Mae's diamonds and pearls will make the whole trip a lot more worthwhile. The enormously accomplished fiction debut from Suzan-Lori Parks, the 2002 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Getting Mother's Body takes its place in the company of the classic works of Zora Neale Hurston and Alice Walker. But when it comes to an ingenious, uproarious knack for depicting the trifling, hard-luck, down-and-out souls who need a little singing and laughing and lying and praying to get through the day, Suzan-Lori Parks shares the stage with no one. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Length:

7h 32m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

07:04


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:42


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

02:47


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

09:54


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:04


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

11:37


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:10


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:20


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

02:51


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:40


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:33


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:18


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

02:53


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

10:37


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

11:45


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:57


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

09:03


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

01:47


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:29


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:01


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:23


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:52


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:36


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

02:02


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

10:59


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

01:55


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:07


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:19


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

09:33


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:50


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

14:45


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:49


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:21


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:18


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:22


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

01:58


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

08:31


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:49


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:56


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

02:57


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

08:52


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

09:02


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:41


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

01:45


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:51


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:58


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

09:13


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:10


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

01:51


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

01:58


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

09:20


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:04


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

01:08


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:54


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

02:59


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

00:11


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:16


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:18


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

09:14


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:41


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:44


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:01


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:37


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:19


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

01:05


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:08


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:41


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

01:45


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

03:47


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:27


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:18


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:03


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

03:10


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

07:11


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:55


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

01:57


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

10:02


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

02:16


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:40