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I Been in Sorrow's Kitchen and Licked Out All the Pots (1992)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385470126, Paperback)"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
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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.
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