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Charmaine Wilkerson, an American writer, spent much of her childhood living in the Caribbean and is now based in Rome. A former television news reporter, journalist and recovered marathon runner, she is a debut novelist and an award-winning writer of short fiction. Black Cake is in development as a Hulu original series produced by Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Films, Marissa Jo Cerar and Kapital Entertainment.

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Unputdownable. Astonishing. Twists and turns so shocking they will leave your head spinning and your heart aching
*Grazia*

An extremely assured debut which pulls in threads and echoes from across the Caribbean diaspora to deliver a rich, complex and really satisfying novel
*Alison Finch, BBC Radio 4*

A delicious novel. The chapters come fast and furious . . . A satisfying literary meal, heralding the arrival of a new novelist to watch
*Independent*

Black Cake is a beautiful, deeply resonant story of children trying to understand the mother they have lost. Charmaine Wilkerson transports you across the decades and the globe accompanied by complex, wonderfully drawn characters. She has managed to tell a story that is as meaningful as it is delicious. At turns delightfully juicy and then stunningly wise, Black Cake is a winner
*Taylor Jenkins Reid, Sunday Times bestselling author of Daisy Jones and The Six*

Black Cake explores the ways we use meals not just to nourish ourselves but to help tell unspeakable stories. Family, food, festering resentment - you'll find plenty to chew on . . . Wilkerson approaches her plot like a mad chef, grabbing ingredients from all over the world, slicing and dicing with abandon, tossing characters and palm fronds and a few drops of rum into a pot and letting it all come to a simmer . . . A roiling soup of family secrets, big lies, great loves, bright colours and strong smells
*New York Times*

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, bestselling author of Ask Again, Yes*

A special, beautifully written novel that's as rich and intoxicating as the Jamaican rum cake of its title
*Good Housekeeping*

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. My heart broke and was put back together. Bravo
*Nikki May, author of Wahala*

I [. . .] was immediately drawn in
*i*

An intricately woven tale that deliciously captures the experience migration, family, love and loss with such empathy and pathos - a book that is both universal and unique.
*Afua Hirsch*

I loved the brilliant writing, the characters and the clever and beautiful way the story melded together. A stunning book
*Prima, 'BOOK OF THE MONTH'*

Wilkerson explores the nuances of racial identity and betrayal in a powerful novel
*Vogue*

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. I felt nearly breathless while reading Eleanor's truth - as if I were right there in the room with Byron and Benny, wholly immersed in their mother's tragedies and triumphs
*Dawnie Walton, author of The Final Revival of Opal and Nev*

A stunning page-turner, with characters that felt real and relatable. I can't recommend this book highly enough. An incredible debut
*Louise Hare, author of This Lovely City*

Black Cake took a hold of me from the first page and didn't let go ... A gripping, poignant debut from an important new voice
*Naima Coster, New York Times bestselling author of What’s Mine and Yours*

A sparkling debut, which examines migration, estrangement and the stories we tell about ourselves
*METRO*

Included in 'The books we're looking forward to in 2022'
*Good Housekeeping*

This powerful debut about family and identity, set against a backdrop of Caribbean culture, history and traditions, already has the stamp of approval from Oprah
*Heat*

A powerful, beautiful debut
*Woman's Own*

A multi-generational debut generating hype
*Grazia*

You can't help but fall in love with this book
*Stylist*

Utterly engrossing and full of twists, Black Cake is absolutely worth the calories
*Red*

A testimony to how migration, memories and the life decisions of our elders can trickle down the generations and shape us. The careful cultural references to the Caribbean diaspora are deliciously nostalgic - I couldn't get enough!
*Good Housekeeping, Books of the Year*

A shining family saga . . . Readers will adore this highly accomplished effort from a talented new writer
*Publishers Weekly, Starred Review*

A heartfelt story of loss, lies and reconciliation
*Daily Mail*

Black Cake is such an engaging novel. The structure works brilliantly with its dual narrative and short, sharp chapters. As I read, I felt like I could taste the sweet and spice of the black cake that links generations of the same family. Wilkerson's Black Cake is filled with secrets, family ties and hidden desires. It is an extremely satisfying read that stays with you long after the final page. As moreish as its title. If you want to be transported, read this book
*Jodie Chapman, author of Another Life*

A family drama meets murdery mystery
*Sunday Times*

The perfect recipe for an epic family drama . . . Feuds, grief, and a murder make Charmaine Wilkerson's Black Cake unputdownable
*Grazia Book Club Online*

One of the most feverishly anticipated debuts of the year
*Daily Mail*

A delicious and gripping tale that sweeps the reader across decades and continents
*Guardian*

I really savoured this rich, layered family saga ... Charmaine's writing is subtle and lyrical, pulling you into a powerful story of secrets, roots and identity. The flavour of it will linger long after you've finished
*Beth Morrey, bestselling author of Saving Missy*

An extraordinary debut
*Hello!*

A sweeping story, with Wilkerson masterfully bringing together all the different threads, making social history the backbone of everything
*Independent*

Completely blew me away ... I loved the brilliant writing, the characters and the clever and beautiful way the story melded together ... this is a stunning book
*Red, Book of the Month*

Delving into ideas around identity, familial bonds and lifelong secrets, Black Cake looks to be a wildly moreish page-turner
*Refinery29*

Touching on racism and acceptance, betrayal and loyalty, this emotional, heartfelt debut explores the meaning of home and the family that define it
*Daily Express*

A delight to read, each page of Black Cake is more interesting than the last. Wilkerson weaves social history into the backbone of the story, in a way that's nothing short of masterful
*Courier*

This emotional, heartfelt debut explores the meaning of home and the family that define it
*Sunday Express*

A skilful debut about family secrets - and food
*i news*

A wonderful immersive experience
*Daily Mail*

A beautiful read - a real pageturner
*Women's Hour, BBC Radio 4*

A delight to read, each page of Black Cake is more interesting than the last. Wilkerson weaves social history into the backbone of the story, in a way that's nothing short of masterful.
*Herald*

A resonant story of identity, family and the meaning of home
*Mail on Sunday*

A delight to read, each page of Black Cake is more interesting than the last. Wilkerson masterfully weaves social history into the backbone of the story
*Press Association*

Prepare to be hooked
*The Handbook*

Impressive
*Evening Standard*

A rich story around immigration and identity ... the novel beautifully captures the struggles of family and identity and the liberation that comes from those struggles
*Irish TImes*

Engrossing . . . Wilkerson's brilliant descriptions are positively sumptuous for the mind's eye
*Heromag*

An incredible family saga spanning 60 years, jumping across continents and time, forming a multi-layered book about secrets and inheritance
*Guardian.com*

A delicious and gripping tale that sweeps the reader across decades and continents, turning everything the siblings think they know about themselves and their family on its head'
*Jyoti Patel, Guardian*

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