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 th...more
Had Bernice McFadden's book been in that course, I would have had a book that I could read in no time at all and would have honestly enjoyed.
When I started this book I will admit that I was a little taken aback by the "20t...more
The historic "Fight of the Century" between Jack Johnson and James Jeffries sets in motion a series of events that eventually push Easter out of Georgia and eventually land her in Harlem. Much mention is made of Marcus Garvey and his Univer...more
Bernice L. Mcfadden has written another powerful novel. Glorious is true American Literature. She writes about a time and place like William Faulkner wrote about Yoknapatawpha County. While reading it and meeting all the people who entered Easter's life, the main character, I wanted to smile, cry and withdraw into my inner soul because the very characters in Glorious are my ancestors. Therefore, in this novel I arrived again at my comfort zone. My comfort zone is The Civil War, The Harlem Renais...more
Easter wrote many other words too as she grew older in a world of radical unfairness and unthinking cruelty. Glorious, by Bernice McFadden, is her tale. Reading how a pregnant black cook...more
One thing I’ve learned from reading Bernice McFadden’s works – she doesn’t write about bunnies, rainbows or cotton candy: She takes you to the bottom of the well, lets you roll around in the muck, leaves you waiting for a life line, then brings you back up slowly, so at the end, you will be desperate for sunshine.
In Glorious, Easter Bartlett travels a similar journey – one full of racial hatred and brutality – all the while searching for sunshine. After su...more
Glorious is powerfully written novel dealing with one of America's largest sins - segregation. It has been spoken of, but unless one has g...more
One of the reasons I did like it, was the writing. McFadden has an interesting writing style: She writes like people think. You get asked a question and you have a million things you want to say, and a million thoughts go through your head at light speed, but all you say is a short quick answer that has no significance to the person who a...more
Glorious is the story of Easter Bartlett, a young black woman whose life is riddled with one tragedy after another. We follow Easter from her hometown of Waycross, GA, up the eastern coastline into Harlem and back. Along her journey her life is filled with unending tragedy and calamity. She endures a senseless crime against her sister, the death of her mother, a foray into Lesbianism, a brief marriage to the would-be assassin of a civil rights activist...more
The prologue of this novel is one of the best I have ever read. It is brilliant, heartwrenching, and eloquent. It reminded me why McFadden in one of my favorite authors. Easter Bartlett quickly etched herself into my mind and I wanted to follow her on her journey through life.
Easter starts in the harsh and hate-filled south and after much heartbreak and some indiscretion eventually works her way to Harlem. She is a writer in the right place and the right time, or so...more
Our narrator is a young Easter Bartlett from Waycross, GA. We enter her life when her sister Rlizbeth has experienced a horrible life changing event. This tragedy changed the family forever and sent Easter on the journey of...more
I have often thought there are good storytellers and good writers. A truly great writer does things with the text that if you listened to the book you'd miss a significant part of the story. A great story teller will get you lost in a story and the actual way the words are put on paper doesn't matter. She falls into the great storyteller category.
For some reason, I can't put my finger on it but I felt as though the book lacked something. I think the characters were well developed, but maybe there were to...more
Easter is the type of person yo...more
The writing, also, is pretty weak, in my opinion. I've come to expect much more from Ms McFadden an...more
In Glorious, McFadden's Protagonist Easter cycles through life battered, worn, and ofte...more
I did like some of the characters however the story jumped around and towards the end there were too many characters. Very glad I read it though, the time period was interesting to learn about.
Writing kept her sane. Kept her form spinning out of control. Kept her tongue still whenever some white person spoke down to her. She had to write, it was the only thing that was completely hers,...more
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Bernice L. McFadden