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The Upper Room

by Mary Monroe

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Interesting as well as entertaining. You should read "Mama Ruby" before this one. ( )
  Ozedasgirl | May 30, 2012 |
Author Mary Monroe takes you (the reader) across the towns of Shreveport,Silo and final Goons.She introduces us to the characters Ruby Montgomery,and her best friend Othella..and host of others.....We follow the character Ruby on her journey,and the reason for her chastizing, lies,healing,being religious,to being a devil in desguise.. and why The Upper Room, is the reason for Mama Ruby evilness,well not the room perse,but lets just say her daughter Maureen plays a major role.Mama Ruby character in the book you probably read or probably haven't read before,but I know one thing,She will remain in you memory as a character you just don't want to cross...... and to add to the story the author throws in some southern dialect .... that had me laughing...some of the words were Ax(ask),shet(shut),tetch(touch)..and and lot more.I had to read them over to get the gist of what they were talking about.Mind you it didn't stop me from reading on,in fact it just enhanced the the story much more.The Upper Room will have you laughing,crying,in shock,surprised,shaking your head,saying OMG,and literally have you droping your jaw........I really enjoyed this book!......This is definitely a MUST READ...... ( )
  FaEllis | Feb 19, 2012 |
Mama Ruby is folk hero of sorts at a migrant camp in Florida where she lives among other pickers. She's as notorious as Stagger Lee (google it). NOBODY messes with Mama Ruby and those who are foolish enough to try, disappear! She has a few friends who are willing to do anything for her, whether it's disposing of dead bodies or lying when the police come knocking. She is an insane mix of Saturday night revelry and Sunday morning holiness. Mama Ruby has even christened the second floor of her house "The Upper Room" where no men are allowed. In the upper room Maureen, the daughter she has stolen from her best friend, is kept safe.

I read this book after I finished the recently published prequel, "Mama Ruby." There is a huge gap between the publishing date of The Upper Room (1985) and Mama Ruby (2011). The Upper Room is a journey into the madness of Mama Ruby's world, a master manipulator who is determined to keep Maureen under control for the rest of her life.
  firstperson | Dec 23, 2011 |
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"Mama Ruby's known for taking things that aren't rightfully hers, like her best friends stillborn infant, who she brought back to life and christened Maureen. She's also rumored to have done away with her husband. Some fear her, others try their best to avoid her. But Mama Ruby doesn't pay them any mind. Not when she's got the one gift God gave her-her precious baby girl. But growing up with a mama like Ruby is enough to make any half-sane girl wish for something-anything-else. And when Maureen gets the chance to explore the real world, you can bet she's going to take it ... and run like hell" -- Cover verso.… (more)

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