Cocoa, whose real name is Ophelia, is a young southern woman living in New York who is still deeply connected to her family and ancestry, even though her family's history is fraught with pain and tragedy.George grew up an orphan, overcoming a multitude of challenges in order to finally graduate from Columbia engineering school and co-found his own engineering company.
Cocoa, whose real name is Ophelia, is a young southern woman living in New York who is still deeply connected to her family and ancestry, even though her family's history is fraught with pain and tragedy.George grew up an orphan, overcoming a multitude of challenges in order to finally graduate from Columbia engineering school and co-found his own engineering company.He doesn't rely on anyone but himself to do things for him.
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.
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.
It is read as if the readers are overhearing the conversation.
Because of these different narrative viewpoints the novel is filled with dramatic irony.Prior to returning to New York from her trip to Willow Springs, Cocoa writes a letter to George saying that she still wants the job.Mama Day intervenes and puts a mysterious substance on the envelope, which causes George to remember Cocoa and soon later recommend her to someone for another job. 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.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.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.Cocoa and George meet when Cocoa interviews for a job at George's firm.George is unable to hire Cocoa because the job starts immediately and she is obligated to visit Willow Springs every August to spend time with Mama Day and her family.