The Upper Room by Mary Monroe

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"Warm, energetic, and charming." --The Houston Post

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


About Mary Monroe

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Mary Monroe is the third child of Alabama sharecroppers, and the first and only member of her family to finish high school. Mary never attended college or any writing classes. Her first novel, The Upper Room, was published in 1985 and was widely reviewed throughout the U.S. and in Great Britain. She is a recipient of the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award for her novel God Don't Like Ugly. She has just finished the fourth book in this series, God Ain't through Yet.
Published July 1, 2004 by Kensington Books. 388 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Romance. Fiction

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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...

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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.

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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.

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