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Mama Ruby

New York Times bestselling author Mary Monroe presents an unforgettable tale featuring Mama Ruby, the indomitable heroine of her acclaimed novel The Upper Room. Now readers will get a peek into Ruby’s early years, as she transforms from a spoiled small-town girl into one of the South’s most notorious and volatile women…

Growing up in Shreveport, Louisiana, Ruby Jean Upshaw is the kind of girl who knows what she wants and knows how to get it. By the time she’s fifteen, Ruby has developed a taste for fast men and cheap liquor, and not even her preacher daddy can set her straight. Most everyone in the neighborhood knows you don’t cross Ruby. Only Othella Mae Cartier, daughter of the town tramp, understands what makes Ruby tick.

When Ruby discovers she’s in the family way, she’s scared for the first time in her life. After hiding her growing belly with baggy dresses, Ruby secretly gives birth to a baby girl at Othella’s house. With few choices, Othella talks Ruby into giving the child away-and with the help of a shocking revelation, convinces Ruby to run off with her to New Orleans.

But nothing can erase Ruby’s memories of the child she lost-or quell her simmering rage at Othella for persuading her to let her precious baby go. If there’s a fine line between best friend and worst nightmare, Ruby is surely treading it. Because someday, there will be a reckoning. And when it comes, Othella will learn the hard way that no one knows how to exact revenge quite like Ruby Jean Upshaw…
Title: Mama Ruby
Author: Mary Monroe
Published: 2011-06-01

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Deliver Me From Evil

What happens when the life you have is not the life you want?

Christine Thurman and her husband Jesse Ray built a business worth millions and were once deeply in love. But lately J.R. has become obsessed with his empire and Christine feels taken for granted. . .until Wade Eddie Fisher, a bad boy with good looks from Christine's past, comes back into town. Even though Wade is penniless and undependable, he reignites something deep within Christine. Before long she's immersed in a sultry affair, and has devised plan so risky that it promises to deliver all she could possibly want--or shatter the lives of everyone close to her...

"With its sexual triangle and triplecrossing plot, Deliver Me From Evil is modern noir..."--Akron Beacon Journal
Title: Deliver Me From Evil
Author: Mary Monroe
Published: 2011-01-15

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Red Light Wives

From New York Times bestselling author Mary Monroe comes a powerful novel about the hopes, dreams, laughter-and limits-of six unique women surviving on the streets of San Francisco...

They're about as different as six women can be-haughty and humble, beautiful and plain, young and not-so-young, black, white, Latina, and origins unknown. But aside from a gift for laughing hardship in the face, they have one very important thing in common-Clyde Brooks. You might say that Clyde is their "manager." And you might say that Lula Mae, Ester, Megan, Rosalee, Helen, and Rockelle are colleagues-in the world's oldest profession. Clyde likes to refer to them as his "wives."

Maybe it's their love for the high life-and for each other-that makes the bond between Clyde's ladies so unbreakable. Maybe it's their private demons that keep them so loyal to Clyde-or so he thinks. For hard as they try to distract themselves, nothing can quell the women's longing for a life free from Clyde and what he represents-until one daring act of defiance changes everything...

Praise for Mary Monroe

"Reminiscent of Zora Neale Hurston." -Publishers Weekly

"Watch out Toni Morrison, there is a new sister in town." -Rapport

"Mary Monroe is a masterful storyteller." -Philadelphia Inquirer


Title: Red Light Wives
Author: Mary Monroe
Published: 2010-07-02

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God Ain't Through Yet

From New York Times bestselling author Mary Monroe comes a poignant and passionate new novel featuring lifelong friends Annette Goode Davis and Rhoda O'Toole-two women whose best intentions don't always yield the best results. This time around, Annette is devastated when one of her greatest fears comes true--and there may be nothing she can do about it. . .

Even though her life has its ups and downs, Annette Goode Davis feels lucky to have a family who loves her and friends she can count on. Most of all, Annette is grateful that her husband Pee Wee took her back after he discovered she was having an affair. Now, she's determined to do whatever it takes to make her marriage work. The trouble is, while Pee Wee agreed to give Annette another chance, she's not sure his heart is really in it.

Annette goes out of her way to keep Pee Wee as happy as pie, but it never seems to be enough. Rhoda is quick to point out that Annette got herself into this mess; now she has to be patient until Pee Wee forgives her. But time may be running out.

Her suspicions are confirmed when Pee Wee moves out--and in with his new lady. Annette takes the news hard and so does her daughter Charlotte, who seems hell-bent on keeping her mother on edge by hanging out with a wild new crowd.

Annette isn't going to let her family go without a fight. But she also knows she must prepare for the worst--because one lesson she's learned all too well is that when life kicks you in the teeth, you have to come out swinging.

"Monroe is a masterful storyteller." --Philadelphia Inquirer
Title: God Ain't Through Yet
Author: Mary Monroe
Published: 2010-05-11

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