Bernice L. McFadden

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BERNICE L. McFADDEN is the author of nine critically acclaimed novels including Sugar, Loving Donovan, Nowhere Is a Place, The Warmest December, Gathering of Waters (a New York Times Editors’ Choice and one of the 100 Notable Books of 2012), and Glorious, which was featured in O, The Oprah Magazine and was a finalist for the NAACP Image Award. She is a three-time Hurston/Wright Legacy Award finalist, as well as the recipient of three awards from the BCALA. McFadden lives in Brooklyn, New York. The Book of Harlan is her latest novel.

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Bernice L. McFadden The Book of Harlan was inspired by this book: Germany's Black Holocaust by Firpo W. Carr
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Sugar (Sugar Lacey, #1)

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The Warmest December

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Gathering of Waters

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Nowhere Is a Place

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Loving Donovan

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Camilla's Roses

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My Name is Butterfly

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Keeper of Keys

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“Listen, if you choose to believe nothing else that transpires here, believe this: your body does not have a soul; your soul has a body, and souls never, ever die.”
Bernice L. McFadden, Gathering of Waters

“ 'Sugar, aint you ever had no good time?' she said with a bit of sadness in her voice.
'What you mean?' Sugar said,...
'Seems to me that I ain't never see you look up from whatever you were doing and just smile.'
'Just smile? Smile at what? At who?'
'Smile into the air, girl!' she said and waved her arm through the better start, 'cause time is running and a life without good times ain't a life worth having.”
Bernice L. McFadden, Sugar

“In 1922 everything changed again. The Eskimo pie was invented; James Joyce's Ulysses was printed in Paris; snow fell on Mauna Loa, Hawaii; Babe Ruth signed a three-year contract with the New York Yankees; Eugene O'Neill was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama; Frederick Douglass's home was dedicated as a national shrine; former heavyweight champion of the world Jack Johnson invented the wrench...”
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Lyn Blessings,

I pray your day is a blessed one. Please visit and enjoy the read. My goal is to encourage and motivate using my life experiences.

Peace to you all

Lawrence Bernice, thank you for accepting my friendship and I pickup one of your books by Geneva Holliday, entitled "Fever". I love that name Geneva because it was my mother's first name. Happy Reading and I love your writing very much. Keep up the great work and I'm looking forward to reading "Glorious".

Savannah Bernice, thank you for the friendship.

Pamela Hi Bernice...Thanks for accepting my friend request.

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Saleh Hi.What We Talk About When We Talk About Love?PLZ Answer The Question In My Profile.

Babydoll I just read and absolutely loved your novel, Sugar! After reading the book, I am intrigued to know why you chose to end the novel the way you did?

Brooklyn Darkchild Thanks for the add!
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Author: This Ain't No Hearts and Flowers Love Story Pt1

Bernice, I've added your books The Warmest December, Sugar, The Bitter Earth, Nowhere is a Place and Loving Donovan to my to-read list.

Sriveau I've all of your you know. I hope one day to see my name on a hardcover too.

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