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Debut Novel

Black Cake

A New York Times Bestseller

A #ReadWithJenna book club pick (Today Show)

In development as a Hulu original series for the screen

“Black Cake is a beautiful, deeply resonant story of children trying to understand the mother they have lost” —Taylor Jenkins Reid, New York Times bestselling author of Malibu Rising and Carrie Soto is Back

Byron and Benny haven’t seen each other in years. Now these estranged siblings must set aside their differences to deal with their mother’s hidden past. Theirs is a journey of discovery that takes them from the Caribbean to London to California and ends with her legendary black cake. This is a story of how the inheritance of betrayals, secrets, memories, and even names, can shape relationships and history.

About

Charmaine Wilkerson

is from New York, has lived in Jamaica, and does much of her writing in Italy. 

A graduate of Barnard College and Stanford University, she is a former news and communication professional whose award-winning short fiction has appeared in various anthologies and magazines. Her debut novel Black Cake is now available from booksellers and libraries. Charmaine is represented by Madeleine Milburn at the Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency. 

Read Charmaine’s essay in ELLE magazine about the inspiration behind Black Cake.

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