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Mid Day Book Club AUGUST

Join the discussion and meet new people. New Members Welcome! The books are in and you can sign a copy out at the Brielle Public Library. Copies of book available at Library.

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Mid Day Book Club AUGUST
Mid Day Book Club AUGUST

Time & Location

Aug 28, 2023, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Brielle, 610 South St, Brielle, NJ 08730, USA

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About the Event

About the Book: 

Nominee for Best Historical Fiction (2022), Nominee for Best Debut Novel (2022)

We can’t choose what we inherit. But can we choose who we become? In present-day California, Eleanor Bennett’s death leaves behind a puzzling inheritance for her two children, Byron and Benny: a black cake, made from a family recipe with a long history, and a voice recording. In her message, Eleanor shares a tumultuous story about a headstrong young swimmer who escapes her island home under suspicion of murder. The heartbreaking tale Eleanor unfolds, the secrets she still holds back, and the mystery of a long-lost child challenge everything the siblings thought they knew about their lineage and themselves. Can Byron and Benny reclaim their once-close relationship, piece together Eleanor’s true history, and fulfill her final request to “share the black cake when the time is right”? Will their mother’s revelations bring them back together or leave them feeling more lost than ever? Charmaine Wilkerson’s debut novel is a story of how the inheritance of betrayals, secrets, memories, and even names can shape relationships and history. Deeply evocative and beautifully written, Black Cake is an extraordinary journey through the life of a family changed forever by the choices of its matriarch.

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