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Carleen Brice

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My debut novel Orange Mint and Honey aired on Lifetime as the NAACP Image Award-winning movie "Sins of the Mother" starring Jill Scott and Nicole Beharie. The novel won awards from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and from the African American Literary Awards Show.

Of Orange Mint and Honey, Alicia Keys said, "“This is the reason I love to read. This book has so much character and a wealth of soul."

My second novel is Children of the Waters. Meg Waite Clayton, author of The Wednesday Sisters, said, "In Children of the Waters, Carleen Brice deftly explores issues of family, identity, and race with a wonderful abundance of humor, forgiveness, and grace. This moving story of two sisters separated by prejudice will open minds...more

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Orange Mint and Honey
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“I had read them and congratulated myself for being black, as if I had chosen to be, because black women were feminists before there was a name for it.”
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message 16: by Jaree

Jaree Francis Hey, what's going on, ma? If you get a chance, check out the book trailer for my debut novel, Metra City: Destiny's Kiss

message 15: by Jo (last edited Feb 27, 2010 07:06PM)

Jo I just caught the encore of "Sins of the Mother" on LMN and I loved it! They did a great job adapting your "Orange Mint and Honey," one of my favorite novel reads of 2009. I hope you were pleased with it!

message 14: by Liane

Liane Spicer Hi Carleen! Great connecting with you here! Looking forward to reading ALL your books.

I see you read Before I Forget by Leonard Pitts. Thanks for the reminder to put him on my list! When I lived in Miami his was one of the columns I always looked forward to reading.

message 13: by Ida

Ida Plassay Thank you very much for befriending me, Carleen!

Wilhelmina Congratulations, Carleen, on winning the 2009 BCALA Literary Award for a First Novel! The sound you hear coming from Atlanta is me, cheering! Your award is richly deserved and I can't wait for your next book!

message 11: by Stew (last edited Feb 25, 2009 03:46AM)

Stew Carleen,
I've been following your campaign to gain black related fiction a wider audience. It got me thinking about such matters. For example, I look at my CD collection and I would say it's about 75 percent blues, classic soul, 70s funk, zydeco or West African. In other words, mostly music with African American roots. (putting aside the fact that all rock n roll has black roots) But that's not the case on my bookshelf. Why is that?
I look at my fiction books and I have everything from Ha Jin to Hemmingway. I'm currently reading The Known World, by Edward P Jones, a black author who won the Pulitzer Prize.
For me it's not a matter of race, but a matter of gender.
I don't read much, if any, genre fiction. I don't read mysteries or SciFi. I read mostly nonfiction history or literary fiction. A book is a big investment in my time, and I don't have time for escapism. I have the boob tube for that.
The fact is that it's hard for me to find good literary fiction that appeals to me as a male reader. The publishing world is increasingly dominated by women and they are catering to female audiences because they are the ones buying fiction.
So the subject matter of The Known World would appeal to me whether or not Edward P. Jones was black or white.
Water for Elephants, another historical fiction book that I enjoyed reading also appealed to me because of the subject matter. I don't think I would have cared one bit of the author was black or white. Male or female.
It's so hard for me to find novels I would like that I've turned more toward nonfiction history books with a strong narrative form during the last 5 years.
Hope this gives you some food for thought.

message 10: by Saleh

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

Stacy-Deanne Stacy-Deanne Hope your week is filled with happiness, positivity and inspiration!

message 7: by Bradley (last edited Aug 18, 2008 10:24AM)

Bradley Hi Carleen, I hope you are having a good day. =)

Candie Price Thanks for the request! I look forward to reading your book!

Carleen Hi Sharon,
Yes, my next book, currently called Children of the Waters, will be out next year and I'm really excited about it! It's about two sisters. The two sisters, one biracial and one white (they have the same mother, but different fathers), were separated by adoption. The biracial sister was adopted and raised by a black family. The white sister was kept and raised by their white grandmother. The story explores race and identity and what makes a family.

Shawnette Hey, Carleen...WELCOME to goodreads...thanks for the invite into your circle of friends...I've been hearing good things about your novel Orange Mint and Honey...I have it on my wishlist...Congrats on all your writings...and much success to you in the future...looking forward to sharing chats, reviews and any/all recommendations...have a blessed week...and Happy Reading & Writing :-)

Sharon Thanks for accepting my friendship request. I really enjoyed reading Orange Mint and Honey. Anything new in the works?

message 2: by Reny

Reny Hi Carleen thanks for adding me!
Have a great holiday....


message 1: by Tony

Tony Hi Carleen,

Thanks for the friendship request. I hope you have a wonderful holiday. Best of luck with the book. I love your website.

Tony Eldridge
Author of The Samson Effect

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