Mother of Pearl Book Summary and Study Guide

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In 1950 Petal, Mississippi, a number of lives are intertwined together through the presence of Joody Two Sun, a mysterious woman who seems to be able to uncover people's innermost secrets. Valuable Korner, the fifteen-year-old daughter of the town prostitute, is awed by Joody, and turns to the older woman when she finds that the process of womanhood is too complex for her to understand on her own. Even Grade, an African-American man who never knew his parents, is passionately in love with Joody, but cannot easily incorporate Joody's eccentric nature into his simple and ordered life. Even's neighbor, the misogynist Canaan, unexpectedly finds true love and finds his life forever intertwined with Even and Joody's. Joleb Green, a troubled young white boy, finds himself rejected and ultimately rescued by Joody. A flood, a death, and an unexpected accident force Even, Joody, Canaan, Joleb, and Valuable to re-evaluate their lives and to call upon personal resources none of them realized they had.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   special abilities Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Black (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Deep South Small town?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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