Mama Ruby's known for taking things that aren't rightfully hers, like her best friend's stillborn infant, who she brought back to life and christened Maureen. She's also rumored to have done away with her husband. Some fear her, others try their best to avoid her. But Mama Ruby doesn't pay them any mind. Not when she's got the one gift God gave her--her precious baby girl.
"Monroe's literary canvas is painted with verve and humor and passion." --Christian Science Monitor
But growing up with a mama like Ruby is enough to make any half-sane girl wish for something--anything--else. And when Maureen gets the chance to explore the "real" world, you can bet she's going to take it. . .and run like hell.
"There is an electricity and vitality to this novel that makes it unique. Mary monroe is a remarkable talent." --Chicago Sun-Times
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So Ruby decides to keep the little girl (she always wanted a daughter but only had sons), to raise Othella's baby as her own: knowing that she must avoid all further contact with Othella, Ruby moves to the Goons district of the Florida Everglades, just outside Miami--where the girl, named Maureen...Feb 01 1984 | Read Full Review of The Upper Room
Originally published in 1985, Mary Monroe's engaging debut novel, The Upper Room, features Ruby Montgomery, an obese, indomitable character who steals her best friend's baby daughter and flees to rural Florida, where she establishes herself as an almost mythical figure.| Read Full Review of The Upper Room
But Ruby worships Maureen and so she doesn’t encourage her to leave home and tries to keep her close by …in the Upper Room.Dec 02 2009 | Read Full Review of The Upper Room
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