Desire of Ovid's Mother
By: Janet Walker
Length: 188 pages
Release date: Sep 1, 1990
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When sorority woman and lawyer’s wife Elyse Anderson, still as beautiful at 50 as she was in her youth, loses her son Ovid to suicide, she sets out on a mission to find out why. She befriends her son’s last girlfriend, 34-year-old Shirelle Justice, a dutiful janitor, night-shift cashier and single mother who seems to harbor the truth about Ovid’s reason for killing himself.
What begins as a search for truth about her son's death becomes, for Elyse, the discovery of a profound truth about herself--and an encounter with a killer.
Janet Walker, author of the sterling three-book e-novel Amazed by her Grace, employs the genre of the stage drama to tell an intriguing story about classism, women’s sexuality, and color prejudice within the African American community. The setting of the play includes a city and two colleges much like Atlanta, Georgia, and its iconic learning institutions, Spelman and Morehouse.
(Tip for Readers: You can best enjoy the language of a play when you read it aloud--alone or with friends.)