Set in a small Mississippi town in the late 1950s, Mother of Pearl tells the story of twenty-eight-year-old Even Grade, a black man who grew up an orphan, and Valuable Korner, a fifteen-year-old white girl who is the daughter of the town whore and an unknown father, who are both seeking the family, love, and commitment they never had. Told in a beautifully nuanced narrative with a staggering richness that resonates with emotional truth, Mother of Pearl is a haunting, bittersweet tale of the search for identity and the power of renewal.
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