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Glorious by Bernice L. McFadden
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Dec 28, 10

Read from August 17 to December 27, 2010

Bernice McFadden writes historical fiction. I'm a huge fan of historical fiction because I learn so much when I read it. After reading Glorious, I was in awe by Ms. McFadden and her writing style. Bernice McFadden has a way with her words. She lets them come to life on paper. When I began reading the novel, I remember emailing Ms. McFadden on Facebook letting her know how much I was enjoying Glorious. At that point I had only read the prologue. I was mesmerized by each sentence. The stage was set during the Jim Crow, Harlem Renaissance & Civil Rights era. If you know anything about these eras you know that it was hard for African-Americans during that time. Let me warn you, Ms. McFadden address the issue of homosexuality, bisexuality, racism, love, lies, betrayal & redemption. Therefore, there are various words and language use in the story that isn't suited for tween or teens.

The story tells of Easter Venetta Barlett,an aspiring author and her journey from childhood to adulthood. Her journey begins in her hometown of Waycross, GA and takes her across various cities in the United States; all to bring her back to Waycross, GA as an adult. Easter has to deal with the love that she has for another woman but the love wasn't returned the same way. That is just one of the stumbling blocks she had to face. As Easter migrated to various cities, she met and became friends with many different people, actual and aesthetic. When Easter left Waycross, she left with every intention of never returning. She never stayed in one place long until she moved to Harlem. You will have to read the book to understand what brought her back to Waycross, GA. Throughout the pages, I cried, got angry, laughed and cried some more. When an author can do this to me, they have a craft like no other. Ms. McFadden states, "I write to breath life back into memory to remind African-Americans of our rich and textured history." In my opinion, Ms. McFadden is the "Stephen King" of African American authors.
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12/21/2010 page 84
36.0% "Ms. McFadden is a powerful writer."
12/23/2010 page 102
43.0% "I love reading historical fiction."
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