The introduction and sections throughout the book are written in this voice as the different stories of Bascombe Wade, Sapphira Wade, and what exactly "18 and 23" is.
An example of this communal voice is in this sentence from the introduction that states, "And he coulda listened to them the way you been listening to us right now." Rita Mae Brown states that "The different voices are beautifully realized but confusing to read." As well as the communal voice, Mama Day offers both a first-person narration and occasionally a free indirect discourse that gives readers direct access to Mama Day's thoughts. In her narration she often speaks about what is taking place at present or events from her past.
He also has a heart condition that he must monitor closely, which contributes to his need to regulate every aspect of his life. Ruby – Ruby is a family friend who is overweight, insecure, jealous and practices voodoo. Mama Day is a novel whose subgenres include legend, folklore, mystery, and fantasy.
She uses her powers to manipulate Junior Lee into marrying her. It contains a multitude of narrative voices that include the following: 1st person plural narration – The communal voice of the people from Willow Springs is an example of this style. This voice is best described as an omniscient voice that has been around to see everything.
1st person narration – Cocoa's and George's first person narration, which is displayed as a conversation to one another about events that have occurred, is the other narrative voice.
It switches between the two characters without any evidence other than a brief space between the two sections.When George finally does accompany her, being a practical minded engineer with no family history or special convictions to help him relate to the people of Willow Springs, he has a hard time believing in or understanding some of the events that take place.When he discovers that Cocoa is dying because of a hex put on her by the deeply jealous and hateful Ruby, who is a conjure woman and Mama Day's wicked counterpart, George wants to use practical means to save her life.In desperation, he submits to Mama Day's directions because Cocoa is near death, and he is desperate for something to help her.In performing the ritual needed, he dies and ultimately saves Cocoa's life.Mama Day is Cocoa's great-aunt and the sister of Abigail.She is a woman who believes in heritage, family, and a deep understanding of the power of nature.He doesn't rely on anyone but himself to do things for him.He works at an engineering firm, and is fanatical about football because he's drawn to its detailed strategies. He brews moonshine and creates other "remedies" for various problems and ailments which he sells to the people of Willow Springs. Buzzard thinks that he and Mama Day are rivals, but Mama Day does not believe that they hold similar powers, or even that his powers are real. The story, which makes many allusions to the dramatic works of Shakespeare, focuses upon the tragic love affair of "star-crossed" lovers Ophelia "Cocoa" Day and George Andrews.The setting of the novel is split between New York City, where George was born and raised and Ophelia has recently moved, and Willow Springs, a fictional community situated on a coastal island on the border of Georgia and South Carolina where Ophelia's family has lived for several generations.