I Been in Sorrow’s Kitchen and Licked Out All the Pots

by Susan Straight

Beginning in the late 1950s, this novel tells the story of Marietta Cook, a tall girl growing up in Pine Gardens, a Gullah-speaking village in SouthCarolina.

  • Paperback
  • Pages: 368 pages
  • Average Rating: 4.08 out of 5
  • Published July 15th 1993 by Anchor
  • Original Title: I Been in Sorrow's Kitchen and Licked Out All the Pots
  • ISBN: 0385470126 (ISBN13: 9780385470124)
  • Edition Language: English

Beginning in the late 1950s, this novel tells the story of Marietta Cook, a tall girl growing up in Pine Gardens, a Gullah-speaking village in South Carolina. When Marietta’s mother passes, she heads to Charleston in search of her uncle – only to find a lover and return pregnant with twins two years later. She raises her sons back home in the low country before moving the family to Charleston, where she takes a growing interest in football and the civil rights movement. The boys grow huge and talented at the game, playing pro football in California. A new world and new travails await, but Marietta’s great resilience endures.