Sometimes I discover a new book that leaves an imprint on my heart. I never would have thought that a story about a mama cow (Mama Red) and her calf (Lucky) would touch me so deeply. Mama Red and Lucky teach a human mother unconditional love, perseverance, bravery and bittersweet sacrifice for those we love. It’s about never giving up.
The author writes with a poetic hand causing you to pause and savor her descriptive prose.
The setting is rural countryside where nothing fancy exists but it is the simplicity that speaks volumes in this tale.
I took my time reading this one like you do when you savor your favorite dessert, not wanting to finish it, letting the words settle in my mind. I won’t soon forget the sweetness of this story. Bren McClain has written a jewel of a debut. Southern fiction at its finest.
5 responses to “Jenny’s Two Pennies: One Good Mama Bone by Bren McClain”
I’m SO glad to see this here! I caught Mama Bone fever when this heartwarming, expertly crafted story came out. I’m still using many of the lines Bren McClain wrote, such as when Luther Dobbins yelled, “Get the by-God outta my clean yard.” McClain handles Southern jargon as only a dyed in the wool Southern could. I found this novel thrilling without being campy. It’s a universal story that resonates long after the book is closed.
Claire, you continue to champion not only my books but others. Thank you for your generous heart AND your love of southern language. Ha! I love Luther’s words, too — “Get the by-God outta my clean yard.” He is a mess. I appreciate you!
I’ll have you know every time I see the actor Barry Corbin, I think, “There’s Luther!”
Ha! Maybe he might think that one day, too!
Thanks Claire for your additional insight into the charms of this book.