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I Been in Sorrow's Kitchen and Licked Out…

I Been in Sorrow's Kitchen and Licked Out All the Pots (1992)

by Susan Straight

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Marietta journeys to Charleston from her tree and her home at Pine Gardens, eventually becoming Big Ma to her twin boys.

With a slight fairy tale football ending, her story is fascinating for many reasons, from Gullah and basketmaking to
dealing with poverty and mistakes and on into deep family love and friendship. A keeper to share and read again and again. ( )
  m.belljackson | Nov 27, 2017 |
The novel of an extremely strong (physically, mentally, psychologically) but humble woman raising two sons in South Carolina around the time of the civil rights demonstrations. Her circumstances were about as dirt-poor as can possibly be imagined. Yet through perseverance and a strong sense of duty she made good for herself and her sons.

The narrative is hard to grasp at first since so much of it is in the first-person colloquial tongue. The reader soon gets into the flow of her language though, and is rewarded by the effort. This is a well-crafted novel that is probably the composite of many real-life similar stories. ( )
1 vote mwhel | Feb 27, 2011 |
A black woman from the Gullah region of South Carolina. Lots of authentic-sounding dialog. ( )
  EricaKline | Oct 26, 2006 |
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Set primarily in a tiny Gullah-speaking village in South Carolina, Straight's elegant coming-of-age novel--a BOMC selection in cloth--is as monumental as the tall, taciturn woman whose life it traces. Selected as one of PW 's best books of 1992.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. ( )
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"Straight's portrayal of a black woman's life is nearly miraculous in its astonishing richness of detail, its emotional honesty and its breadth of human thought and feeling." -- USA Today

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:12:45 -0400)

A historic novel about a young woman forced to grow up quickly, and whose life-as well as those of her twin sons-changes with the current of the times Beginning in the late 1950s, this novel tells the story of Marietta Cook, a tall girl growing up in Pine Gardens, a Gullah-speaking village in South Carolina. When Marietta's mother passes, she heads to Charleston in search of her uncle-only to find a lover and return pregnant with twins two years later. She raises her sons back home in the low country before moving the family to Charleston, where she takes a growing interest in football and the civil rights movement. The boys grow huge and talented at the game, playing pro football in California. A new world and new travails await, but Marietta's great resilience endures. This is the life of an extraordinary soul, and a novel with a beautifully vivid sense of place.… (more)

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