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Bernice L. McFadden is the author of eight critically acclaimed novels including the classic Sugar, Gathering of Waters (a New York Times Editors' Choice), and Glorious, which was featured in O: The Oprah Magazine and was a finalist for the NAACP Image Award. She is a two-time Hurston/Wright Legacy Award finalist, as well as the recipient of two fiction honor awards from the BCALA. McFadden lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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By BJ on 01-19-14
Richly textured and captivating
If you could sum up Nowhere is a Place in three words, what would they be?
Moving, lyrical, and heartbreaking
What other book might you compare Nowhere is a Place to and why?
What does Robin Miles bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Her compelling portrayals of a variety of African American characters across historical and geographical contexts. She outdid herself.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Many moments moved me. I'd rather not spoil them for a prospective listener.
Any additional comments?
Bernice McFadden's writing is brilliant and sensual. She makes it easy to imagine the scenarios she creates.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
By Susie on 01-15-14
A Mother and Daughter Tear. It. Up.
Bernice L. McFadden is a powerhouse of contemporary African American literature. She weaves together the personal and historical in a way that makes her stories matter deeply to the listener.
McFadden writes confident, lyrical fiction exploring family dynamics, and the past. History and family history--one and the same; slavery, escape, Native Americans, Africans and European slave owners-- their fates bound and futures woven together by DNA.
On a road trip from Las Vegas to Georgia, the tensions and skeletons in the closet of a mother and daughter bubble. Sherry presses her mother, Dumpling, for family stories. What unfolds is a family history rife with tragedy and courage. Sherry comes to understand the dynamics of her family, and finds the inspiration to reveal her own deep secrets.
Robin Miles gives a stunning narration, bringing sympathy to both mother and daughter in.
13 of 14 people found this review helpful