...is an elderly Georgian Negress who at the beginning of the novel decides she has had enough of her native state--another...

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WILLIE MAE

...is an elderly Georgian Negress who at the beginning of the novel decides she has had enough of her native state--another Talmadge has been elected, a cousin shot for trying to vote--and now she plans to go to Washington to work and live. She starts thinking about her life--her childhood on a farm, growing up in Louisville and Atlanta, the death of her loved ones, her marriage, her children, her experiences as a domestic, the day she met President and Mrs. Roosevelt. It has been a hard life, but not without rewards won by her kind heart and gumption. At the end of the 138 page soliloquy, Willie Mae refuses to run away--she will stay and watch her children enjoy the rights and privileges she never knew. A tour-de-force-this is an interesting, pathetically authentic picture of a woman and her society that almost succeeds in overcoming the difficulties inherent in a soliloquy novel. A worthwhile reading experience for anyone who has ever known a woman like the heroine of wants to understand the human element behind many of today's headlines.

Pub Date: N/A

ISBN: 0820323764

Page Count: -

Publisher: Knopf

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 1958