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When Mudear Lovejoy passes away, her family gathers in Mulberry, Georgia, to plan her funeral and lay their mother to rest. Betty, Emily and Annie Ruth are Mudear's daughters. Betty lives in the family's hometown and has a beauty salon business, Lovejoy 2. Emily lives in Atlanta and works as a researcher. Annie Ruth is the fragile sister who has suffered a nervous breakdown and works as a television newscaster. The girls' father, Ernest, has spent most of his life supporting Mudear and working in the chalk mines. Mudear was an opiniated, bossy, sassy woman who ruled her roost with an iron fist and a razor sharp tongue. Forever chastising her girls for their "ugly ways", Mudear was housebound and perpetually glued to the television screen. As the Lovejoy family mourns Mudear each family member vents their anger towards their overbearing mother and brings forth memories from the past.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Family, struggle with    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   Mother (or standin) Family, loving relations    -   Yes Special relationship with    -   sister Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   blue collar 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 Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee

Writing Style

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

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