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Charmaine Wilkerson

Author of Black Cake

3 Works 1,248 Members 64 Reviews

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Works by Charmaine Wilkerson

Black Cake (2022) 1,240 copies
Dolce nero (2022) 1 copy

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Gender
female
Nationality
USA
Country (for map)
USA
Birthplace
New York, USA
Education
Barnard College
Stanford University

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I listened to the novel on audio as well as the physical book and I give immense credit to Simone McIntyre, narrator for the voice in this book. This novel was a selection for discussion by my book club.

This book addressed so many cultural issues, such as forced adoptions, immigration, racial and sexual discrimination, Social media influences, domestic abuse, bisexuality and more.

I valued the very short chapters as well as the alternating views of the many characters. written in third person. As each character is developing, the author is weaving them together, to view each individual character and their connection to the community, and friends of their shared lives.

It’s helpful to create a list of characters as you progress through the chapters. Time and locations will change along with the storyline. You must keep up. The symbolism are a common thread throughout the novel with water, sugar cane, and Black Cake.

This was an emotional journey with the authors poetic writing of how the characters learn of the fate of loved ones, tightly held secrets, their legacies, traditions and future.

The story will stay with me for a long while. As a debut for this author, the book is outstanding among many. I’m sure her writings will only improve.
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Onnaday | 62 other reviews | Feb 7, 2024 |
In this debut novel, two estranged siblings meet in the office of their mother Eleanor’s attorney after her death and are instructed in an audio recording to complete a task that takes them on a journey into their mother’s hidden past – from an unnamed Caribbean island in the 1960s to London and eventually to California, eventually ending with her famous black cake. This multigenerational story plays out in two timelines: the present, in which the relationship between Benny and Byron and with their mother is explored; and in Eleanor’s tragic and intriguing past. This creative and evocative work of historical and contemporary fiction weaves in many themes: sexual orientation, racism, misogyny, identity, tradition, longing, and loyalty. Beautiful writing.… (more)
 
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bschweiger | 62 other reviews | Feb 4, 2024 |
There are two things in life that I have found to be devastatingly disorienting: the death of a loved one and finding out something you have relied on in a fundamental way is based on a lie. The protagonist in this short story faces both of these situations when a nearly lifelong omission of a material fact comes to light as she prepares for her fortieth birthday. Everything a short story should be.
 
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Works
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Members
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Rating
4.0
Reviews
64
ISBNs
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