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National Bestselling, award winning author of seven critically acclaimed novels.
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Coming May 1st, 2010

Glorious is set against the backdrops of the Jim Crow South, the Harlem Renaissance, and the civil rights era. Blending the truth of American history with the fruits of Bernice L. McFadden's rich imagination, this is the story of Easter Venetta Bartlett, a fictional Harlem Renaissance writer whose tumultuous path to success, ruin, and revival offers a candid portrait of the American experience in all its beauty and cruelty.

**please pre-order you copy at and receive 32% discount off the list price.

Advanced Praise for Glorious:

"The seeming inevitability of cruel fate juxtaposes the triumph of the spirit in this remarkably rich and powerful novel, Glorious. Bernice McFadden's fully realized characters are complicated, imperfect beings, but if ever a character were worthy of love and honor, it is her Easter Bartlett. This very American story is fascinating; it is also heartbreaking, thought-provoking, and beautifully written."-Binnie Kirshenbaum, author of The Scenic Route

"Intense and sweeping" - Susan Straight, A Million Nightingale's

A wonderful rich read full of passion, history, wonder and women you will recognize: Glorious is just that." - Jill Nelson author of Sexual Healing and Let's Do it Again

The 10th Anniversary Edition of SUGAR is now available!

"Bernice L. McFadden's first novel begins with the brief, poetic description of a crime so startling that the reader is helplessly drawn in, as if a bright red door stood ajar on a bleak and forbidding house. Pearl Taylor's daughter, Jude, has been found murdered and mutilated near a field at the edge of town. "The murder had white man written all over it," writes McFadden. "But no one would say it above a whisper. It was 1940. It was Bigelow, Arkansas. It was a black child. Need any more be said?" In the years that follow, Pearl catches sight of Jude in so many strangers that when Sugar Lacey comes to town and sets up her unwholesome "business" in the house next door, she doesn't know whether to believe what she sees in Sugar's face: a striking similarity to Jude, dead 15 years. In her sedate but supple prose--rising at times to a light, unforced lyricism in the description of landscape or character--the author perfectly renders the closed and protective society of a small Southern town, the superstitions, gossip, and prying."

Praise for the novels of Bernice L. McFadden:

"Searing and expertly imagined." - Toni Morrison

“Bernice L. McFadden is a master storyteller.” Adriana Trigiana

"Vivid." - The New York Times

"Eloquent..." (McFadden) is a talent worth watching." - The Washington Post

This Bitter Earth (the sequel to SUGAR)

This Bitter Earth picks up where Sugar left off-on the dirt road leading to Sugar's childhood home in Short Junction, Arkansas. Here, Sugar hears a shocking revelation about unrequited love, and about one man's hatred-and the black magic that has cursed generations. Her travels take Sugar to St. Louis, where the bonds of an old friendship test the limits of her courage and compassion-and the sacrifices she will make for another young woman in desperate need of a caring friend.

Filled with the lyrical language, haunting imagery, and compelling voice that imbued Sugar with its power and grace, This Bitter Earth is a novel about the inexorable power the past exerts over us and our ability to triumph over adversity and sorrow. Earthy and richly evocative, it is a testament to the ultimate triumph of the human spirit.

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May Happenings!

Two days left before the OFFICIAL publication of GLORIOUS!

The first week a book is on sale is as important as opening weekend for movies. I need to sell as many books as possible between May 1st and May 7th in order to make the industry to take notice!

Ten years ago when Sugar was published I made the New York Post Bestsellers List...and so it would be a real treat if this time I around I made the New York Times Bestsellers List. *wink*

O Magazine picked… Continue

Posted on April 28, 2010 at 3:44pm

Nowhere is a Place

My last novel. Nowhere is a Place was a homage to my family history. I used the names of my ancestors for many of the characters in that book. Nowhere is a Place went on to be nominated for a Pulitzer and was chosen by The Washington Post as one of the best novels of 2006.

I've always thought considered this particular novel as my own personal version of Alex Haley's, Roots - and a few reviewers have also likened Nowhere is… Continue

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

How Helped me to Stop Wishing I was a White Writer

The other night I was up watching a re-run of The Dave Chappelle Show and the opening skit resonated with me so much so, that even though I was drifting off to sleep I popped right up to fully take in the message which represented what it is we African American writers have been complaining about.

The skit started with Dave explaining that even though he says some pretty outrageous things on his show, there… Continue

Posted on January 28, 2010 at 11:01am

The Color of Water

I read the most interesting NYT article yesterday. The piece focused on Ruth McBride Jordan who was the subject of "The Color of Water" a book written by her son, James McBride. Ms. Jordan transitioned on January 9th. (My sympathies to the family)

I have not yet had the pleasure of reading… Continue

Posted on January 27, 2010 at 4:26am — 1 Comment

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At 4:43am on June 23, 2013,
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Lovely to meet Youand reading Yrs.

Blessed Be¡

At 11:41pm on November 17, 2011, Eric Maywar said…


If you are interested in growing the people following your blog, I would be happy to follow yours if you follow mine.

I own a used bookstore and my blog has posts about bookstore life, author-led discussions, literary games, and customer reviews.

If you do decide to follow, make sure to let me know so I can return the favor.


Eric Maywar

At 1:49pm on June 27, 2010, Freda Mans said…

I won a copy of Glorious on LibraryThing, many moons ago, will it ever arrive at my door?

Sorry for my candor, I feel ignored.

Freda Mans
At 11:46am on January 20, 2010, Faith Connor said…
I twittered it out for you sorry it was late I had ungone cornea transplant surgery in my right eye
At 9:42pm on January 10, 2010, Bella Filippa said…
congrats on your anniversary! i'll do what i can to promote your book here in argentina!!! good luck and keep writting...
At 3:23am on January 8, 2010, atharva p pandit said…
i am really sorry i was late putting it on my blog. SORRY! any new book you want to promote, i will HELP! SORRY AGAIN.
At 12:10pm on January 7, 2010, Alisha Williams said…

Check out my book "Becoming Mommy... Becoming Me", it is a great book for any woman!
At 10:05am on January 7, 2010, Linda Conrad said…
Congrats on your anniversary!
At 12:00am on January 7, 2010, Marilyn Shoemaker said…
Congrats on your anniversary. Book sounds very intriguing.
At 10:00pm on January 6, 2010, Carin B. said…
Thanks Bernice! I will definitely have to look for it. It sounds really interesting.

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