One good mama bone A novel

Bren McClain

Book - 2017

"Set in early 1950s rural South Carolina, One Good Mama Bone chronicles Sarah Creamer's quest to find her "mama bone" after she is left to care for a boy who is not her own but instead is the product of an affair between her husband and her best friend and neighbor, a woman she calls "Sister." When her husband drinks himself to death, Sarah, a dirt-poor homemaker with no family to rely on and the note on the farm long past due, must find a way for her and young Emer...son Bridge to survive. But the more daunting obstacle is Sarah's fear that her mother's words, seared in her memory since she first heard them at the age of six, were a prophesy: "You ain't got you one good mama bone in you, girl."

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Story river books.
Historical fiction
Domestic fiction
Columbia, South Carolina : The University of South Carolina Press [2017]
Physical Description
xi, 263 pages ; 24 cm
Main Author
Bren McClain (author)
Review by Booklist Review

*Starred Review* As a child, Sarah Creamer was told by her mother that you ain't got you one good mama bone in you, child. As a widow in 1950s rural South Carolina, Sarah is still haunted by those words as she struggles to make ends meet for herself and seven-year-old Emerson Bridge, the illegitimate son of her husband and her best friend. Winning the grand prize at the local Fat Cattle Show and Sale could put the family on stable financial footing, but the calf they purchase to raise is soon joined by its mother, who has escaped from the rancher's pasture. Sarah takes the mother cow, Mama Red, as her model as she strives to be a mother to her adopted son. But as the competition nears, Sarah and Emerson Bridge are forced to confront their own naïveté about the fate of the winning calf turned steer and what it will mean for Mama Red and for their own family. First-time novelist McClain draws on her family's history in the rural South to create a cast of deeply relatable characters, both human and animal, who readers will find themselves rooting for until the very last page.--Harmon, Lindsay Copyright 2017 Booklist

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