Black Cake


“A stunning page-turner”

Louise Hare, author of MISS ALDRIDGE REGRETS

A New York Times bestseller, #ReadWithJenna book club pick and UK Indie Book of the Month

One of Barack Obama’s Favorite Books of 2022 & Oprah Daily’s Best Books of 2022

Featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, Marie Claire, Essence, Parade, PEOPLE magazine, WWD, W magazine, BookPage, InStyle, BBC News, British Vogue, Grazia, Times Sunday Magazine, Town & Country, Vulture & others

*Adapted for the screen by Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films, award-winning screenwriter/creator Marissa Jo Cerar, and Kapital Entertainment

About Black Cake

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. When their mother Eleanor dies in California, they are left with a puzzling inheritance: a traditional Caribbean black cake and a voice recording whose contents will change Byron and Benny’s lives.

Will hearing their story help them to repair their broken family bonds and resolve their own struggles with identity? Or will they end up feeling more lost than ever? Theirs is a journey of discovery that takes them from the Caribbean to the UK and back to California. This is a story of how the inheritance of betrayals, secrets, memories, and even names, can shape relationships and history.

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I was instantly taken in by this multigenerational tale of identity, family, and the lifelong push and pull of home. What an extraordinary debut.”

Mary Beth Keane, New York Times bestselling author of Ask Again, Yes

Black Cake is a beautiful, deeply resonant story of children trying to understand the mother they have lost…. At turns delightfully juicy and then stunningly wise, Black Cake is a winner.”

—Taylor Jenkins Reid, New York Times bestselling author of Malibu Rising

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

A stunning page-turner, with characters that felt real and relatable. I can't recommend this book highly enough.”

Louise Hare, author of THIS LOVELY CITY

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. My heart broke and…”

Nikki May, author of Wahala

An extremely assured debut which pulls in threads and echoes from across the Caribbean diaspora to deliver a rich, complex and really satisfying novel.”


...immersive, stunningly assured debut”