After writing this post, I was touched to receive a package from author Bernice L. McFadden. It included both her novels, Sugar and The Warmest December.
I waited until I had time to really sit down and give them the attention they deserved and finally got a chance to do so last week.
McFadden's way with words puts you right there in the scene with the characters feeling the tension; a fly on the wall. Her writing is rich and raw and powerful.
This is a line from Sugar, a story of a prostitute who comes to a small town and befriends a mother who has lost her child in a violent crime:
"They hated her immediately, not knowing of her childhood or the life that, after only one day of living it, would have had them calling out to the Lord for help."
The Warmest December is about a woman who is struggling to forgive her dying alcoholic father for the abuse he inflicted on her (and her mother) throughout her childhood.
McFadden's prose can best be described as haunting. Be warned, the subject matter is brutal, and involves graphic depictions of child abuse. McFadden's writing is exceptional, but not for the faint of heart.
In thanking the author I promised to pay it forward to someone not black. E-mail me if you want your name put in the hat.
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