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MAMA RUBY
by Mary Monroe

Genre: Mainstream, Multicultural

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Mama Ruby fans, this is the Upper Room prequel you've been waiting for! Monroe not only answers questions about how Ruby came to be one of the most vicious and fascinating characters of our time, but opens up more questions about the love/hate relationship with her best frenemy Othella Cartier. Great dialogue, setting and more

The daughter of a New Orleans preacher, Ruby Jean Upshaw is the pride of her family, the neighborhood and her father’s church congregation. However, Ruby doesn’t want the responsibility that comes with belonging to such a special family. When Ruby befriends Othella Cartier, a girl her father had warned her about, her relationship with her family and, consequently, her life’s journey takes a dark turn. Ruby becomes pregnant and with Othella’s help, tries to hide the pregnancy and the baby. This decision will haunt them both for the rest of their lives. (DAFINA, Jun., 336 pp., $24.00)

Reviewed By: Dee Stewart

Publisher: DAFINA

Published: June 2011

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