Mama Dearest by E. Lynn Harris


Author: E. Lynn Harris

Title: Mama Dearest

Genre: African-American fiction

Publication Date: 2009

Number of Pages: 387

Geographical Setting: New York City, NY; Miama, FL

Time Period: 21st century

Plot Summary: Yancey Braxton Harrington has seen better days. Performing in a traveling production of Dreamgirls, Yancey needs a comeback to keep her Upper East Side townhouse and to restore her to the life she was once accustomed. Though a beautiful talented singer and actress, Yancey is indeed past her prime and jealously guards her diminishing fame. It is in Miami that she meets S. Marcus Pinkston, worldly, wealthy, and well-connected, and he thinks a reality television show is just what Yancey needs to return to the spotlight. Feeling better than she has in years, Yancey returns to New York only to discover her mother, Ava Middlebrooks, has been released early from prison. Reluctantly Yancey allows Ava to stay temporarily. Ava also dreams of the good life she too had once known, and will do anything to get it back. Yancey, in a moment of shock, reveals to Ava that a young rising Disney star is the daughter Yancey gave up for adoption while still in college. Marcus is not all that he seems, Ava is hiding something, and Yancey is going to need all the help she can get. In this tale of mothers and daughters, betrayal, and intrigue, love and redemption will heal old wounds.

Subject Headings: African American women singers Fiction; African American actresses Fiction; Mothers and daughters Fiction.

Appeal: fast-paced, suspenseful, flawed, multiple plot lines, racy, rich and famous, conversational, intricately plotted, character-driven, engaging, dramatic, details of entertainment industry

3 terms that best describe this book: intricately plotted, dramatic, engaging

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3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors
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