(From the publisher):
A hymnlike novel that tells the story of Abeba Williams, whose mother abandons the poverty and despair of the South—and in the process her daughter—for opportunities up North. In the absence of her mother, Abeba clings to Mamma Habblesham, a woman with enviable reserves of love and hope. Their affection for each other seems boundless—until Abeba's mother returns to take her daughter to Brooklyn. As she grows up, her exceptional musical talent promises to be an avenue of escape. But a handsome young singer distracts her, and opportunities that once seemed so close begin to fall away. Now married with children, Abeba fights to maintain the dignity of her family.
Original title: Let the Lion Eat Straw
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Black (african-american)