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On the island of Willow Springs, off the Georgia coast, the powers of healer Mama Day are tested by her great niece, Cocoa, a stubbornly emancipated woman endangered by the island''s darker forces. A powerful generational saga at once tender and suspenseful, overflowing with magic and common sense.

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Gloria Naylor''s fictional island, Willow Springs, is home to a few black families who have lived there since time of Sapphira Wade, a "true conjure woman" who could "walk through a lightning storm without being touched" and who, as legend has it, may or may not have murdered the white landowner who was first her owner and then her husband and/or lover. Located between Georgia and South Carolina but a part of neither, Willow Springs is a place that resembles and yet makes strange the rest of the world. Like women anywhere, women from Willow Springs worry about not having children and are jealous of their spouses - but here they use secret rituals to become pregnant and cast spells over rivals. Here Ophelia Day (nicknamed Cocoa) returns every August from New York City, eventually bringing her new, native northeastern husband George; here, a hurricane, evil spells, jealousy, and tragedy combine to teach her about the power of love and family. Here also is Mama Day, Sapphira''s great-granddaughter and Cocoa''s great-aunt, who has powers that the sophisticated Cocoa only senses and the practical George recognizes much too late. His sacrifice and Mama Day''s love for her family and respect for her world teach us, "It ain''t about right or wrong, truth or lies; it''s about a slave woman who brought a whole new meaning to both them words, soon as you cross over here from beyond the bridge." -- For great reviews of books for girls, check out . -- From ; review by Caren Town

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" Resonates with genuine excitement . . . a big, strong admirable novel." --The New York Times Book Review

"This is a wonderful novel, full of spirit and sass and wisdom, and completely realized." --Washington Post

About the Author

Gloria Naylor was born in New York City in 1950. She received her B.A. in English from Brooklyn College and her M.A. in Afro-American studies from Yale. Her books include  The Women of Brewster Place, which won both the American Book Award and the National Book Award for first novel, and was also adapted into a television movie by Oprah Winfrey;  Linden Hills; Bailey''s Cafe; and  The Men of Brewster Place.  She taught writing and literature at George Washington University, New York University, Boston University, and Cornell University. She died in 2016.

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Sahasrara Aten RA
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Black Girl Magic in literary form
Reviewed in the United States on December 28, 2019
I first read this book when I was in my early twenties and it blew my mind. As a granddaughter of Geechee folks, stories of magic and mysticism were always around me but never within context. This book brought back all of those old tales told by old women sitting on back... See more
I first read this book when I was in my early twenties and it blew my mind. As a granddaughter of Geechee folks, stories of magic and mysticism were always around me but never within context. This book brought back all of those old tales told by old women sitting on back porches shelling peas or cleaning fish. Now that I’ve read it again with a more in depth understanding of our folklore and history, I can appreciate that it’s a love story, a story of redemption and a bit of myth about the Great Mother.
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A Great Read...
Reviewed in the United States on June 29, 2021
The old ladies with their southern dialect and sharp wisdom made me chuckle as I thought about all of the wise women I have encountered and the similar things they told me. I rated this book 5 Stars because the author weaves a story laced with pearls of wisdom, love, and... See more
The old ladies with their southern dialect and sharp wisdom made me chuckle as I thought about all of the wise women I have encountered and the similar things they told me. I rated this book 5 Stars because the author weaves a story laced with pearls of wisdom, love, and human nature. With a touch of fictional history, mystery, and southern "magic", this book a great reference book for those who know what to do with it.

Might want to re read this one as the story switches characters and scenes without warning; makes it kind of difficult to keep the story lines straight and whose who. So I will definitely re-read this novel again before my summer ends.

May the ancestors be pleased with your life''s work Gloria Naylor. Ase''!
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Eh, not my type of book.
Reviewed in the United States on September 11, 2018
My first time reading Naylor''s work. Not a fan of this book. I dont like voodoo and spirits and such. I did finish the book. I made myself finish it since I bought it. I was waiting for the book to draw me in but it never did. There were really no high points in the... See more
My first time reading Naylor''s work. Not a fan of this book. I dont like voodoo and spirits and such. I did finish the book. I made myself finish it since I bought it. I was waiting for the book to draw me in but it never did. There were really no high points in the book.
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DAS
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Attention grabber !
Reviewed in the United States on June 27, 2017
Takes a lot of brain power.. You really have to pay attention to keep up. I loved it once I paid complete attention..a lot of stories going on at one time !!!
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Sharon
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This book is a hidden gem.
Reviewed in the United States on October 24, 2018
I rarely give five stars for a book but this book absolutely deserves it. There are zero copies of this book in our library system, and had I not taken a class on African American Literature I would have never known about this book. Read something different that has a bold... See more
I rarely give five stars for a book but this book absolutely deserves it. There are zero copies of this book in our library system, and had I not taken a class on African American Literature I would have never known about this book. Read something different that has a bold feminine perspective and voice.
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Rana Irby
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Remarkable
Reviewed in the United States on March 9, 2017
Words can''t adequately convey how phenomenal this book is. It spoke to an idea outside itself-which, in my opinion, makes a story remarkable
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Lyrical magical
Reviewed in the United States on August 13, 2017
This book took me into lives I could have never imagined. Into a place both real and surreal. Oh to have such grand folks to raise me!
You have to meet Ophelia, George, Mama Day and Abigail. You will remember them forever.
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Janet Oliver
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One of my favorite books of all time!
Reviewed in the United States on March 14, 2021
"Mama Day" is a book I return to, over and over again. I never get tired of revisiting Willow Springs! Gloria Naylor evokes the heat of a Southern Summer like no other author I''ve read. Her characters are alive, glowing with life, and the story is engrossing. I have... See more
"Mama Day" is a book I return to, over and over again. I never get tired of revisiting Willow Springs! Gloria Naylor evokes the heat of a Southern Summer like no other author I''ve read. Her characters are alive, glowing with life, and the story is engrossing. I have given many copies of this book to friends because I want them to enjoy the world created within its binding. Whenever I need to lose myself I pull this book from the shelf and I''m with Mama Day, Coco and Miranda Day beneath the waving palmettos in the fictional beauty of a barrier island. Do yourself a favor - try this book.
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Mary Duggan
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Captivating
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 27, 2020
This is such a beautifully written story. The language brings the milieus and the people to life and lets the story unfold at a well-chosen pace. I loved reading it. It was magical.
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Edith Lz
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I love Gloria Naylor''s books from Women of Brewster Place
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 6, 2017
I love Gloria Naylor''s books from Women of Brewster Place, my introduction to her. Linden Hills was full of suspense, Mama Day was the love story. I cried so much, felt so much while reading all three books. I don''t read nearly as much as I should but I love her writing,...See more
I love Gloria Naylor''s books from Women of Brewster Place, my introduction to her. Linden Hills was full of suspense, Mama Day was the love story. I cried so much, felt so much while reading all three books. I don''t read nearly as much as I should but I love her writing, couldn''t put the books down til the end.
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Brilliant
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 5, 2020
All I can say one of the best . Along the lines off Alice Walker. Brilliant
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Great condition
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 21, 2018
Great price, great condition.
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Thank you Gloria Naylor
Reviewed in Australia on September 28, 2017
I could hear the voices of the characters, soft, strong and vibrant. Highly enjoyed each page. The story with enough wonderment to be surprising and enough depth to be believable. I would have happily kept reading had the story continued.
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