Set in a diner where the food isn’t very good and the ambience veers between heaven and hell, this bestselling novel from the author of Mama Day and The Women of Brewster Place is a feast for the senses and the spirit. “A virtuoso orchestration of survival, suffering, courage and humor.”
This is a really hard book to review. I read it years ago and didn’t *quite* understand it.
This book – like The Women of Brewster Place – is set up as a series of short stories about individual characters and what brought the character to Bailey’s Cafe or Eve’s Boarding house for women (both places are “at a crossroads” and can only be located by a person in the crossroads of their life). Unlike The Women of Brewster Place, Bailey’s Cafe isn’t quite as well structured and feels very disjointed to me.
The characters are mostly engrossing, the stories are all extremely sad and mostly deal with women who have been abused sexually, physically, mentally or all three. The most haunting one that I remember was about a young girl who was so beautiful that she was molested by her father and treated as a sexual object until she scarred her own face.