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Black Cake

Black Cake

Author(s): Charmaine Wilkerson

Location(s): Caribbean, United States (USA)

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Modern looking back to 1960s

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We can’t go to the island, Bryon. We don’t really know what we’re getting into . . .’

Eleanor Bennett won’t let her own death get in the way of the truth. So when her estranged children – Byron and Benny – reunite for her funeral in California, they discover a puzzling inheritance.

First, a voice recording in which everything Byron and Benny ever knew about their family is upended. Their mother narrates a tumultuous story about a headstrong young woman who escapes her island home under suspicion of murder, a story which cuts right to the heart of the rift that’s separated Byron and Benny.

Second, a traditional Caribbean black cake made from a family recipe with a long history that Eleanor hopes will heal the wounds of the past. Can Byron and Benny fulfil their mother’s final request to ‘share the black cake when the time is right’?

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Author: Tina Hartas

The novel opens with Byron and Benny, estranged siblings, who have been brought together after the death of their mother Eleanor. Byron is an expert in oceanography and Benny is an artist – who...

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