“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
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. The dialogue and setting are reminiscent of Zora Neale Hurston, but the story has a bizarre, violent edge la Stephen King. Fantastic and exaggerated, the novel may seem dated in its descriptions of race and sex, but it is a candid portrayal of the cold-blooded yet fascinating Mama Ruby.
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Awesome read 👍😃
This was an awesome read....I must admit that it was dry at first but once it picked up I couldn't stop reading. mama ruby was a mess and then some.I would recommend this book ,it had a little bit of everything for everything to enjoy.
Beating A Dead Horse
The writing style and delivery is always great. However, reading this book was like the saying, 'beating a dead horse'. These characters have ran their course. I continued reading because I purchased it, was waiting on the unexpected, and was ready to get to the end. I enjoy Monroe's books but I hope this is the end of this storyline.
Loved this book I laughed till I cried. The characters are so colorful