The Birds of Opulence

The Birds of Opulence

Book - 2016
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The Goode-Brown family, led by matriarch and pillar of the community Minnie Mae, is plagued by old secrets and embarrassment over mental illness and illegitimacy. Meanwhile, single mother Francine Clark is haunted by her dead, lightning-struck husband and forced to fight against both the moral judgment of the community and her own rebellious daughter, Mona. The residents of Opulence struggle with vexing relationships to the land, to one another, and to their own sexuality. As the members of the youngest generation watch their mothers and grandmothers pass away, they live with the fear of going mad themselves and must fight to survive.
Publisher: Lexington, Kentucky : The University Press of Kentucky, [2016]
ISBN: 9780813166919
Branch Call Number: WILKINSON
Characteristics: viii, 202 pages ; 23 cm


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Feb 08, 2019

Lyrical read, complicated characters and subject matter. The writer's writing style flows so well I finished in two nights of reading. Now beginning her book of short stories.

Nov 28, 2018

A beautifully written, lyrical explocation of family, madness, and matriarchal strength, The Birds of Opulence also tackles the legacy of slavery and the power of the patriarchy in the lives of one family's multiple generations of women. The author is a Kentucky native, exploring what it means to be both black and from the rural South.


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