Young, Al

ISBN 10: 0385299435 / ISBN 13: 9780385299435
Published by New York: Bantam (Delta), (1988), 1988
Soft cover
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SIGNED first edition - First printing in wrappers. No hardcover edition. The story of Mamie Franklin, hailed in the 50's for her roles as a black domestic in the movies, and now housekeeper for an eccentric white couple in Beverly Hills. 338 pp. Very good in illustrated wrappers (a tight copy, no creases on the spine, but some nicks to the outer edge of the first two pages, usual toning to pages.). Bookseller Inventory # 45265

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Publisher: New York: Bantam (Delta), (1988)

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Soft cover

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Mamie Franklin, a former actress and a psychic consultant, looks back on her life and the secrets of her past

From Publishers Weekly:

Poet and jazz critic Young's fifth novel resembles a Victorian picaresque in its loquaciousness and sense of adventure. Mamie Franklin, once a singer and actress, and now a domestic for a Beverly Hills family, describes, in her own humble and honest voice, the troubles that beset her around the time of the death of her lover Burley Cole. Burglars break into her house, Burley visits her as a ghost and she faints during a major earthquake. But with resilience and faith she survives. A bit of a mystic and philosopher, Mamie keeps her sometimes insightful and always endearing views of America, Hollywood, success and failure and a lot more flowing steadily. While not all the personalities here are as remarkable as Mamie, the novel succeeds on the strength of her wit and humor alone. Young does not flinch from taking her outrageous tale further into the world of the supernatural; however, the fictional Mamie's connections to our real world are so tenacious, and Young so knowledgeable, that his book becomes a compendium of black-American culture as well.
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