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  1. Mahoghani 23 Mahoghani 23 says:

    Now this is a real situation that may have occurred in some households The story is narrated amongst five characters in the story the Lovejoy family and their idiosyncrasies The urban storyline is harsh but not without its areas of humor It deals with emotional destruction of the human mind, vanity, adolescence lost, no real paternal guidance from anyone except another sibling and most of all..a mother s love.Betty, Emily Annie Ruth meet in Mulberry, GA to bury their mother As in most Now this is a real situation that may have occurred in some households The story is narrated amongst five characters in the story the Lovejoy family and their idiosyncrasies The urban storyline is harsh but not without its areas of humor It deals with emotional destruction of the human mind, vanity, adolescence lost, no real paternal guidance from anyone except another sibling and most of all..a mother s love.Betty, Emily Annie Ruth meet in Mulberry, GA to bury their mother As in most cases, family members will discuss truths and issues they had with the decease right before the funeral However, Mudear has decided she s not finished yet with these daughters of hers and adds her ten cents to the story Also Ernest, their father has his say as well There are multiple issues with their mother Mudear mixed and pent up feelings towards Mudear anger, hatred, love, psychologically emotional and few others This family is the townspeople most gossip about.Mrs Ansa wrote a very descriptive, humorous, painful, sad, angry, chic lit book She brought the characters to life in a real way that you could relate with them She dissected the hearts of these three women to give us insight about why they re the way they are, who made them that way and the end result of their lives An excellent story writer that can probably crossover into other genres without losing her style of writing


  2. Diana Diana says:

    This book blew my mind I know that historically, Black women were considered super moms That was, of course, generally speaking So, Tina Ansa decided to write about a mother who was not a super mom Unfortunately, she is not a mother at all She is a hateful, spiteful, bitter tyrant who rules over her household until the day she dies Her daughters are so consumed with her crazy ways that they slowly go crazy themselves until her death frees them Even though we find out why Mudear changes, This book blew my mind I know that historically, Black women were considered super moms That was, of course, generally speaking So, Tina Ansa decided to write about a mother who was not a super mom Unfortunately, she is not a mother at all She is a hateful, spiteful, bitter tyrant who rules over her household until the day she dies Her daughters are so consumed with her crazy ways that they slowly go crazy themselves until her death frees them Even though we find out why Mudear changes, I just could not feel any sympathy for her No one has the right to just stop raising their children and esp not over a trifling man I love the complexities of this book, the drama, and going back to Mulberry It is a great read and definitely explores mothering in a different aspect


  3. Lydia Lydia says:

    Great sister book If you have sisters or wish you did this is an interesting read If you thought your mother was is something to deal with this story will make you rethink that Ansa writes a sensitive, revealing, story about the closeness of sisters, the strained relationships between family, and how living with someone that you know has mental problems affects how one functions in their own life Much of Tina McElroy Ansa s phraseology reminded me of growing up, interactions with family and Great sister book If you have sisters or wish you did this is an interesting read If you thought your mother was is something to deal with this story will make you rethink that Ansa writes a sensitive, revealing, story about the closeness of sisters, the strained relationships between family, and how living with someone that you know has mental problems affects how one functions in their own life Much of Tina McElroy Ansa s phraseology reminded me of growing up, interactions with family and how communicating with family is different from communicating with any one else in your life My only problem with this novel was not understanding why their mother was the way she was


  4. Stephanie Stephanie says:

    pretty cool read Read it in a day.


  5. Lori Lori says:

    This book was just plain ole laugh out loud funny


  6. Trickey Trickey says:

    This book was an intimate family drama between three sisters who have to bury their mother in the South Lots of 1990s vibes and socio political back drop to small town life.


  7. Carrie Carrie says:

    I thought I was going to enjoy this book It s well written enough to keep me reading to the end I usually stop reading books that I don t enjoy.This is a story about three thirty something sisters who return to the small town of Mulberry GA to attend their crazy controlling mother s funeral It s about their relationship with their mother and each other and all the pain and anger they have about the way they were raised I kept reading this book because I was really hoping for some closure, I thought I was going to enjoy this book It s well written enough to keep me reading to the end I usually stop reading books that I don t enjoy.This is a story about three thirty something sisters who return to the small town of Mulberry GA to attend their crazy controlling mother s funeral It s about their relationship with their mother and each other and all the pain and anger they have about the way they were raised I kept reading this book because I was really hoping for some closure, or forgiveness, or growth, or something to dispel the anger that this book is filled with, but it just seemed to end the way it started.I think there is a sequel to this book but I can t imagine that it answers any of these issues I ll have to read other people s reviews to find out


  8. Hickman Students Hickman Students says:

    Ugly Ways chronicles the experience of three sisters in the wake of their mother s death Mudear, as they have referred to her since childhood, has always been a figure which inspired her daughters with mixed emotions fear, longing, gratitude, inadequacy, hatred Now her spirit lingers on, ripe with criticism of her daughters and their ugly ways as they scramble to put together her funeral It s a story about the bruise left by family, about stereotypes, and about the haunting within our own Ugly Ways chronicles the experience of three sisters in the wake of their mother s death Mudear, as they have referred to her since childhood, has always been a figure which inspired her daughters with mixed emotions fear, longing, gratitude, inadequacy, hatred Now her spirit lingers on, ripe with criticism of her daughters and their ugly ways as they scramble to put together her funeral It s a story about the bruise left by family, about stereotypes, and about the haunting within our own souls Anyone who has ever had relatives can relate to this vivid and honest novel.Reviewed by KristenClass of 2010


  9. Felicia (Ferishia) Felicia (Ferishia) says:

    Well, I didn t expect to like this I just picked it for my book club thinking it would be something fast to read However, as I got into it, theit appealed to me.Three sisters, Emily, Betty, and Annie Ruth have to face the fact that their mother has died They along with their father prepare for her funeral There was funny moments along with the sad and insightful Made me think of my own mother and her mortality, since she is getting up in years I would definitely recommend.


  10. Shanika P. Shanika P. says:

    It was a rough read for me, personally, at first In fact, I didn t finish it in time for my book club meeting, but I wanted to finish it and I did I think the story improvednear the end, as I saw the characters begin to open up about their individual relationships with or feelings for Mudear, but I felt there were still a couple of things unanswered once I finished I do have another book by the author on my bookshelf that I plan to read one day to see if I find the writing style to be s It was a rough read for me, personally, at first In fact, I didn t finish it in time for my book club meeting, but I wanted to finish it and I did I think the story improvednear the end, as I saw the characters begin to open up about their individual relationships with or feelings for Mudear, but I felt there were still a couple of things unanswered once I finished I do have another book by the author on my bookshelf that I plan to read one day to see if I find the writing style to be similar


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Ugly Ways ➺ [Reading] ➼ Ugly Ways By Tina McElroy Ansa ➯ – Thomashillier.co.uk The bestselling tale powerful, compassionate, humorous of the three Lovejoy sisters reunited in their hometown of Mulberry, Georgia, on the occasion of their mother s death As the emotionally scarred The bestselling tale powerful, compassionate, humorous of the three Lovejoy sisters reunited in their hometown of Mulberry, Georgia, on the occasion of their mother s death As the emotionally scarred Lovejoys prepare for their mother s funeral, the spirit of the selfish and manipulative Mudear hovers above them, complaining about her daughters Ugly Ways in death as she did in life.

  • Paperback
  • 288 pages
  • Ugly Ways
  • Tina McElroy Ansa
  • English
  • 14 June 2019
  • 0156000776

About the Author: Tina McElroy Ansa

Tina McElroy Ansa is a novelist, publisher, filmmaker, teacher and journalist But above all, she is a storyteller She calls herself part of a long and honored writing tradition, one of those little Southern girls who always knew she wanted to be a writer She grew up in Middle Georgia in the s hearing her grandfathers stories on the porch of her family home and strangers stories downtown in her fathers juke joint, which have inspired Mulberry, Georgia, the mythical world of her four novels, Baby of the Family, Ugly Ways, The Hand I Fan With and You Know Better In March , Ms Ansa launched an independent publishing company, DownSouth Press, with its focus on African American literature fiction and nonfiction Her fifth novel, Taking After Mudear, a sequel to her bestselling Ugly Ways, will be the lead title on DownSouth Presss first list in the fall of DownSouth Press will publish established as well as emerging literary voices Photo credit Jonee Ansa.