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Bailey's Cafe (Paperback)

Author:  Gloria Naylor
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0679748210
ISBN-13: 9780679748212
Sku: 30118613
Publish Date: 4/23/2007
Pages:  240
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I can't say I've had much education. Book education. (from the first line)
Set in a diner where the food isn't very good and the ambience veers between heaven and hell, this bestselling novel from the author of Mama Day and The Women of Brewster Place is a feast for the senses and the spirit. "A virtuoso orchestration of survival, suffering, courage and humor."--New York Times Book Review.
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Moving with the rhythm and grace of the blues, the evocative and poignant stories of the wounded and exiled denizens of a 1940s diner capture the pathos, power, and humor of the human spirit. Reprint. 100,000 first printing.The evocative and poignant stories of the wounded and exiled denizens of a 1940s diner capture the pathos, power, and humor of the human spirit
Annotation:
Bailey's Cafe is not located in a specific geographical area. It is a place that appears whenever a character needs a place "to take a breather for a while." The novel consists of the stories of various characters, all of them desperate, all of them in pain. Naylor uses a jazz-like construction, bringing in many voices all "conducted" by Bailey, to tell the story.
Author Bio
Gloria Naylor
Gloria Naylor's father was a transit worker and her mother a telephone operator. She received a B.A. at Brooklyn College, and went on to attend graduate school at Yale University. From 1968 to 1975, she was a missionary for Jehovah's Witnesses in New York, North Carolina and Florida; from 1975 to 1981 she was a telephone operator for hostels. But she decided to become a writer because, as she says, "I felt that my presence as a black woman and my perspective as a woman in general had been under-represented in American literature."

Praise

Philadelphia Inquirer
"Absorbing, poignant, and wise...Naylor has crafted a heart-rending testament to the human spirit." - Christina Garcia

Boston Globe
"A lacy, near-mystical cantata sung by several voices. This mix of myth, history and mysticism...offers a sensibility as rich in potential as that of the Latin American magical realists...Moving and memorable." - Gail Caldwell

Los Angeles Times
"...[I]t is an unforgettable successor to Ellison's metaphor of the invisible man, and as incandescent." - Richard Eder

Product Attributes

Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0240
Product attributePublisher:   Vintage Books
Product attributeSeries Part:   0000
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