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The Birds of Opulence (Kentucky Voices)
by Crystal Wilkinson

Published: 2016-02-23
Hardcover : 208 pages
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From the critically acclaimed, award-winning author of Blackberries, Blackberries and Water Street comes an astonishing new novel. A lyrical exploration of love and loss, The Birds of Opulence centers on several generations of women in a bucolic southern black township as they live with ...
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From the critically acclaimed, award-winning author of Blackberries, Blackberries and Water Street comes an astonishing new novel. A lyrical exploration of love and loss, The Birds of Opulence centers on several generations of women in a bucolic southern black township as they live with and sometimes surrender to madness.

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.

Crystal Wilkinson offers up Opulence and its people in lush, poetic detail. It is a world of magic, conjuring, signs, and spells, but also of harsh realities that only love?and love that's handed down?can conquer. At once tragic and hopeful, this captivating novel is a story about another time, rendered for our own.

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by Ljwagoner (see profile) 08/15/18

This story is a powerful look into the lives of women, mothers, daughters and friends. It’s an intense, rich family saga in a mere 199 pages. It contains themes of love, loss, strength of family, tragedy... (read more)

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