The Warmest December

The Warmest December

Bernice L. McFadden

Bernice L. McFadden

The long-awaited reissue of McFadden's best-selling second novel praised by Toni Morrison and others—published simultaneously with McFadden's new novel Gathering of Waters.For Kenzie, growing up in the Lowe household means opening the bottom drawer of her father's dresser to choose which belt she'll be whipped with that night, furtive trips to the Bee Hive liquor store for her father's vodka, and dreaming of the day she can escape apartment 5A.Buoyed by the lyrical, redemptive voice that characterizes McFadden's writing, The Warmest December tells the powerful, deeply moving story of one Brooklyn family and the alcoholism and abuse that marked the years of their lives. Narrated by Kenzie Lowe, a young woman reminiscent of Jamaica Kincaid's Annie John, the story moves fluidly between the past and the present as she visits her dying father and finds that choices she once thought beyond her control are very much hers to make.
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The Book of Harlan

The Book of Harlan

Bernice L. McFadden

Bernice L. McFadden

"Simply miraculous . . . As her saga becomes ever more spellbinding, so does the reader's astonishment at the magic she creates. This is a story about the triumph of the human spirit over bigotry, intolerance and cruelty, and at the center of 'The Book of Harlan' is the restorative force that is music."—Washington Post"McFadden packs a powerful punch with tight prose and short chapters that bear witness to key events in early twentieth-century history: both World Wars, the Great Depression, and the Great Migration. Partly set in the Jim Crow South, the novel succeeds in showing the prevalence of racism all across the country—whether implemented through institutionalized mechanisms or otherwise. Playing with themes of divine justice and the suffering of the righteous, McFadden presents a remarkably crisp portrait of one average man's extraordinary bravery in the face of pure evil."—Booklist, Starred...
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Nowhere Is a Place

Nowhere Is a Place

Bernice L. McFadden

Bernice L. McFadden

Bonus: This e-book features an excerpt from Bernice L. McFadden's New York Times Notable Book of the Year Gathering of Waters.NOTHING CAN MEND A BROKEN HEART QUITE LIKE FAMILY. Sherry has struggled all her life to understand who she is, where she comes from, and, most important, why her mother slapped her cheek one summer afternoon. The incident has haunted Sherry, and it causes her to dig into her family's past. Like many family histories, it is fractured and stubbornly reluctant to reveal its secrets; but Sherry is determined to know the full story. In just a few days' time, her extended family will gather for a reunion, and Sherry sets off across the country with her mother, Dumpling, to join them. What Sherry and Dumpling find on their trip is far more important than scenic sites here and there—it is the assorted pieces of their family's past. Pulled together, they reveal a history of amazing survival and abundant joy.
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Gathering of Waters

Gathering of Waters

Bernice L. McFadden

Bernice L. McFadden

Gathering of Waters is a deeply engrossing tale narrated by the town of Money, Mississippi—a site both significant and infamous in our collective story as a nation. Money is personified in this haunting story, which chronicles its troubled history . . . Tass Hilson and Emmett Till were young and in love when Emmett was brutally murdered in 1955. Anxious to escape the town, Tass marries Maximillian May and relocates to Detroit.Forty years later, after the death of her husband, Tass returns to Money and fantasy takes flesh when Emmett Till's spirit is finally released from the dank, dark waters of the Tallahatchie River. The two lovers are reunited, bringing the story to an enchanting and profound conclusion.The bare-bones realism—both disturbing and riveting—combined with a magical realm in which ghosts have the final say, is reminiscent of Toni Morrison's Beloved.
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The Bernice L. McFadden Collection

The Bernice L. McFadden Collection

Bernice L. McFadden

Bernice L. McFadden

"McFadden works a kind of miracle—not only do her characters retain their appealing humanity; their story eclipses the bonds of history to offer continuous surprises."—New York Times, on Gathering of Waters"Riveting...so nicely avoids the sentimentality that swirls around the subject matter. I am as impressed by its structural strength as by the searing and expertly imagined scenes."—Toni Morrison, on The Warmest December"McFadden's lively and loving rendering of New York hews closely to the jazz-inflected city of myth....McFadden has a wonderful ear for dialogue, and her entertaining prose equally accommodates humor and pathos."—New York Times, on Glorious"An engrossing multigenerational saga...With her deep engagement in the material and her brisk but lyrical prose, McFadden creates a poignant epic of resiliency, bringing Sherry to a well-earned awareness of her place atop...
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Praise Song for the Butterflies

Praise Song for the Butterflies

Bernice L. McFadden

Bernice L. McFadden

"An engrossing novel that truly is a praise song for survivors everywhere."—Kirkus Reviews"This harrowing yet compelling tale is not for the faint of heart but does promise redemption in the most trying of circumstances."—Booklist"On the heels of her American Book Award- and NAACP Image Award-winning novel The Book of Harlan, McFadden's 10th novel, Praise Song for the Butterflies, gives us the story of Abeo, a privileged 9-year-old girl in West Africa who is sacrified by her family into a brutal life of ritual servitude to atone for the father's sins. Fifteen years later, Abeo is freed and must learn how to heal and live again. A difficult stor that, according to Kirkus, McFadden takes on with 'riveting prose' that 'keeps the reader turning pages.'"—The Millions, included in Most Anticipated: The Great Second-Half 2018 Book Preview"A tale set in [West Africa], where a girl is...
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