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Mama Flora's family

a novel

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Published by Scribner in New York .
Written in English.

About the Book

In the tradition of Roots and Queen, Mama Flora’s Family is a sweeping epic of contemporary American history, culled from the unpublished works of award-winning writer Alex Haley.

It is the poignant story of three generations of an African-American family who start out as destitute sharecroppers in Tennessee. Mama Flora is the heart and strength of the family, shepherding her children through hard times after the murder of her husband by white land holders. She has passionate ambitions for her son Willie, but he dashes her dreams by abandoning his church-going roots and moving to Chicago. After fighting in the Second World War, he marries his childhood sweetheart and struggles to build a new urban life for his family.

Flora’s dreams are realized by Ruthana, her sister’s child whom Mama Flora adopts. Ruthana graduates from college, and as a social worker in Harlem, counsels underprivileged women. Through her love for the radical poet, Ben, Ruthana begins to understand her heritage and after a sojourn in Africa comes to a redemptive understanding of herself. In Chicago, Willie’s twin son and daughter embrace Muslim militancy and Black Power, and eventually, drugs in their rocky road through the 1960s and Flora struggles to maintain her family while caught up in the turbulent times

Mama Flora’s Family was later adapted as a television miniseries based on the novel staring Cicely Tyson, Erika Alexander, Blair Underwood and Queen Latifah.

About the Edition

A family saga centered on an African-American matriarch whose husband was shot for stealing. It follows her descendants as they fight World War II, march for civil rights, join the Black Panthers and help develop Africa.

Edition Notes

"A Lisa Drew book."

Also issued online.


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PS3558.A3575 M35 1998

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393 p. ;
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