The Seasons of Beento Blackbird
Writing under the name Beento Blackbird, Solomon Wilberforce writes bestselling books that reconnect Africa's children around the world with their glorious heritage.
Solomon's own personal life, however, is curiously disconnected. He spends his winters on Cape Corcos Island with the midwife who brought him into the world when she was only nine years old. In the spring he tr...more
page 165: "'Tell her that most black children outside Africa know that six million Jews were murdered in the Holocaust, but they don't know that one hundred twenty million Africans died through slavery. And they don't know anything about Africans before they were forced to be slaves.'"
page 180: "'Our children are taught that Africa is backward and underdeveloped. For one hundred years the white man removed Africa's craftsmen, chiefs, doctors, philosopher...more
In this novel the male character has relationships with three different women and he spends one season a year with each of the women - in New York, the Caribbean and Africa.
Eventually things come together, not as he would have wanted, and so the relationships among the women either directly or indirectly prove to be very interesting.
My update, upon finishing: The main character does get a bit of a come-uppance, but I'm still underwhelmed. Maybe my bigger problem with this book is that it feels like a mouthpiece for the author to explore her own ideas about race, gender, family, and nationality. Though those are all compelling topics, she doesn't have...more