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Black Cake: A Novel
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Charmaine Wilkerson is an American writer who has lived in Jamaica and is based in Italy. A graduate of Barnard College and Stanford University, she is a former journalist whose award-winning short fiction has appeared in various magazines and anthologies. Black Cake is her first novel.

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"Black Cake is a character-driven, multigenerational story that's meant to be savored. . . . Thought-provoking and poignant."-Time

"A thrilling debut novel about sibling ties and hidden family history."-Glamour

"As delicious as the titular dessert."-W Magazine

"Wilkerson explores the nuances of racial identity and betrayal in a powerful novel."-Vogue (UK)

"Black Cake is a satisfying literary meal, heralding the arrival of a new novelist to watch."-Associated Press

"A stellar first-time entry from a talented new writer that's full of food, surfing, and rich patois."-BET

"Crafted with delicate intention and textured with a blend of perspectives."-Vulture

"I was instantly taken in by this multigenerational tale of identity, family, and the lifelong push and pull of home. This novel has a tremendous heart at its center, and I felt its beat on every page. What an extraordinary debut."-Mary Beth Keane, New York Times bestselling author of Ask Again, Yes

"Exquisite and expansive, Black Cake took ahold of me from the first page and didn't let go. This is a novel about the formation and reformation of a family, and the many people, places, and events that can shape our inheritances without our knowing. A gripping, poignant debut from an important, new voice."-Naima Coster, New York Times bestselling author of What's Mine and Yours


"Black Cake has all the ingredients of the tastiest stories: secrets, romance, danger, and a cast of characters so real you want to scream at them one moment and hug them the next."
-Dawnie Walton, author of The Final Revival of Opal & Nev


"So beautifully written I'm struggling to believe it's a debut . . . The cake is the glue that holds all the layers together and the scenes are so well drawn I could almost taste the cake, feel the warm sea on my skin."-Nikki May, author of Wahala

"With fantasy-like sensual detail, Wilkerson slips through time and place to explore the emotional weight of family traditions passed down through generations to heirs challenged to find their own emotional truths."
-Lucy Sanna, author of The Cherry Harvest

"Fans of family dramas by Ann Patchett, Brit Bennett, and Karen Joy Fowler should take note. Black Cake marks the launch of a writer to watch, one who masterfully plumbs the unexpected depths of the human heart."-BookPage (starred review)

"Wilkerson uses one Caribbean American family's extraordinary tale to probe universal issues of identity and how the lives we live and the choices we make leave 'a trail of potential consequences' that pass down through generations."-Booklist (starred review)

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