The first person narrator in Alice Walker's "Everyday Use" is Mrs. Johnson, also known as Mama. Mama lives with her daughter Maggie in the Deep South and is visited by her other daughter, Dee. "Everyday Use" was first published in the book "In Love and Trouble" in 1973.
Walker is an African-American poet and writer best known for her book "The Color Purple." She won the Pulitzer Prize for this novel in 1983. Her first book of poetry, "Once," was published in 1968. Two years later, Walker published her first novel, "Third Life of Grange Copeland." Other works by Alice Walker include "The Temple of My Familiar," "Possessing the Secret of Joy" and "Now is the Time to Open Your Heart."