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Summary

Brought to you by Penguin.

Crossing continents and juggling lives, Black Cake is a powerful story of love and loss, kinship and separation, heartache and hope, spanning 60 years in the life of one family.

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 that 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'? Will Eleanor's revelations bring them back together or leave them feeling more lost than ever?

©2022 Charmaine Wilkerson (P)2022 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

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

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Black Cake? What recipe!

Everything is brilliant about this book. It is tight and taut. The characters are complex and layered… or to put it another way (!) I cared about everyone. The focus on women, women from a beginning different to mine, the island with its wild seas and inescapable community (that may destroy but may also save) but also like me was particularly good on women showing strength in vulnerability.
Nothing predictable.
New Worlds.
But also the old struggles of identity and love.

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outstanding!

there is so much to love about this book. one if the best reads. I liked the short chapters, the journey of each of the characters and learned a bit about Caribbean culture. a great read

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Slow burner

It took a while for it to grab me, but when it did I loved it. Once I finished it I felt like I'd like to read it again. I enjoyed the narration and the different voices, it helped me to imagine the characters.

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Brilliant

Brilliant writing. Brilliant story. Brilliant narration.
The story was insightful, emotive & inspiring. I’ll definitely lIsten to it again. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

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Slow start but eventually a gripping story

The start was quite slow and the narration felt low energy throughout but I did really enjoy it. A really gripping story and complex and interesting characters.

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Great Story

Loved it beautifully narrated. Great story across 3 continents at a great pace. Lost a whole afternoon to this book.

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Love

This book had so many twists and turns. A great mixture of cultures and proof that love always wins

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New but familiar; gripping from start to finish

I bought the book to ensure I understood the context of the snippets my friend had shared with me. She is in a bookclub. I am not. But she shares books under review. Blackcake was riveting reading. The level of detail of places, food, cultural norms, regional characteristics all gavecredence to the depth of research & understanding the author employed to prepare her to tell the stories. Many stories. Told exquisitely, tugging at all sorts of emotions. 24 hours after completing the book I am looking for Marble in the streets of London. I'm sure I'll know her when I see her!

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Wonderful

What a great story. Brilliantly narrated. I was captivated from start to finish. There was a mixture of tragedy and triumph. I loved the way the various "ingredients" came together, rather like a black cake.

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Just wow

What a special book, superbly narrated and enjoyed every minute. Five star listen for me!

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Beautiful book

Beautifully written and narrated. I loved learning about the cultures and felt the warmth, colors, smells and tastes of the Caribbean. Whenever a book moves me to tears, It deserves five stars. The women characters in this book kick ass. I am definitely cooking a black cake soon.