Mama Day

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Mama Day


Fusing magical realism, folklore, and elements of speculative fiction, Mama Day is a story about the generations of African Americans born post-emancipation. Set in the Sea Islands off of the coast of Georgia and South Carolina, Mama Day pulls readers into an enclave of black life where African traditions have largely been preserved. Torn between life in New York City with her lover George Andrews and the fictional community of Willow Springs in the Sea Islands, protagonist Ophelia “Cocoa” Day can never truly leave Willow Springs or her aunt, Mama Day. Gloria Naylor’s melding of African American history and the magical, almost supernatural elements of Mama Day’s traditions is a historical wandering into the world of Afrofuturism.


Gloria Naylor


New York: Ticknor & Fields, 1988.




Gloria Naylor, “Mama Day,” Grisham Bookshelf, accessed July 5, 2022,

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