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3.96  ·  Rating details ·  1,257 Ratings  ·  176 Reviews

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

Paperback, 240 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by Akashic Books
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AJ Best
Mar 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I've suffered through some 20th Century Novel courses for college. Now don't get me wrong, I loved A Tree Grows In Brooklyn and Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God. But in all honesty I couldn't get through most of the other EIGHT books we had to read in the 8 week semester.

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
Cheryl Durham
Apr 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Book Clubs and anyone who loves reading
Recommended to Cheryl by: No One
Let me start by saying I thought I loved McFadden's Sugar, Loving Donovan, Nowhere is a Place, This Bitter Earth and oh, Camilla's Rose. But, I just loved Glorious. Thank you Bernice McFadden!

Glorious is told through the eyes of Easter, a young girl from Waycross, GA. Her life is marred in many ways: born in the South during the time of Jim Crow, witnessed her sister being violated, father could do nothing, forever picked up and moved--trusting and praying that where she was going would be bette
Aug 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing

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
Mar 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: usa, hf, race, audible, 2014-read
All descriptions of this book state that its themes are the Jim Crow South, the Harlem Renaissance writers and the civil rights movement. The book starts in 1910 and ends in the 60s.It follows one black woman, Easter, from her childhood in the South, her time up in Harlem, skims the intervening years and then ends up back in the South again. Yes, the book does cover those themes, but there is another central theme that is not mentioned. It must be mentioned – sex. If you are going to feel uncomf ...more
Sophie Sealy
Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was hooked from the first paragraph on. I didn't know what to expect and didn't know I wanted to read this book until I read it. When I read books I realized there are several types of writers. Some learn the skill, some follow their dreams and then there's Bernice, who was born to write. I haven't read a book of this caliber in so long and what a joy its been to spend a few hours devouring this book. This book have done what it was suppose to do, make me think and make me feel. There's still ...more
Sharon D. Moore
Feb 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
LISTEN! This was so good I listened to the entire thing in one day!! Alfre Woodward read the h*ll outta this book - do you hear me? And Bernice McFadden? Oh my goodness. SHE is a writer. This story is so incredibly rich with flawed characters trying to make it in a system that demeans them because of the race they were born into. Even as they 'come up' the struggle is real. Destiny fulfilled then lost then abandoned only to finally receive a form of recognition. The ugly truth of betrayal shines ...more
Apr 23, 2010 rated it liked it

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
Mar 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Back in 1910 a black man defeated a white man in a fair fight and the black people who’d laid bets on the result were understandably elated. Soon afterwards, a girl called Easter, who already had plenty of reasons for hatred in her life, wrote that one word HATE on a piece of paper, crumpled it up, and buried it.

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
Read In Colour
Mar 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
From the dirt roads of Waycross, Georgia to the busy streets of Harlem, Bernice McFadden once again delivers perfection in her latest novel, Glorious. With actual historical events playing in the background, we are introduced to Easter Bartlett and her family.

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
Mar 26, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: bookclub-reads
A lot of books are categorized as fiction and within the pages is pure fiction so much so the readers are instantly aware that a lot of the things written therein are simply fairy tales. However, no one can say that Bernice McFadden's novel Glorious, can be misconstrued as a fairy tale. The main character, Easter Bartlett's life was far from a bed of roses. Her life started to deteriorate when her sister was raped by a gang of white boys/men who were never prosecuted for their crime and it all c ...more
Bridget Anderson
Mar 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was my first Bernice McFadden book. Not sure where I've been over the years that this is my first, but it was. I enjoyed Glorious. At first I wasn't sure I was going to, but I kept going. I do love how she blended historical events into the story. That's what pulled me in. At times it is beautiful and there were a few times I skimmed because I was uncomfortable. But the fictional character Easter Venetta Bartlett had a wild life. And the crazy characters all around her make for some enjoyab ...more
Oct 28, 2010 rated it it was ok
Ehh. I had high hopes for this book based on reviews I read, but this just didn't speak to me. The writing style was ineffective, and any response I had to things that happened to the main character was not due to the writing; in fact, most of the story felt like it was being told from a news reader. "Bermuda was hit with a hurricane. California experienced an earthquake." While this style conveys the news, it does nothing to capture the impact or feelings behind the news that would make a story ...more
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book, like the others I've read by Bernice McFadden, grabbed me and wouldn't let me go. It wasn't always easy to read, but I couldn't put it down. Easter is a strong and powerful character who left the ugliness of the south and made her way to Harlem in the early 1920s. This is a book that will stick with me for a long time.
Nov 18, 2014 rated it liked it
This book made me hungry for more novels set in the Harlem renaissance.
Apr 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
If I hadn't lost my job last year, and if my fight with social anxiety disorder wasn't so severe, I would no doubt have found a replacement by now. And if I was currently working I would not have the free time that I do which in turn would have kept me away from the computer. If I had not spent so much of that free time at the computer I wouldn't have started entering sweepstakes and giveaways and reading the articles on the blogs and sites on which they were posted. In turn, I wouldn't have dec ...more
This starts out as a rich, tragic, and almost allegorical story, and while I feel it lost momentum about two-thirds through (which also might have been my fault because I put it down for a couple of days), it's a terrific story and an excellent read.

Easter is such an interesting character, and she walks through this story with an anger, sadness, and resignation that could be seen as emblematic of her generation; but it is also so specific to her as a woman, which is the only way a story like th
Jan 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I will never look at the harlem renaissance, hot combs, waycross, or bicycle spokes the same!!! talk about an awesome read. an enthralling story from the first paragraph until the it! so many eccentricities, such must character and speculation about familiar faces. unia, the honorable marcus garvey, elite of harlem salons during the 1930s, one room school houses, racist white people raping and lynching, drugging and whoring. the last wave of the great migration to new york. becoming ...more
The CurvyJones
Jan 10, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: challenge-2011
As I've mentioned in a few of the comments while reading this book, I didn't like it much. I had a hard time following the story, chapter to chapter. The setting and timing jumped back and forth, the action and meaning of said action wasn't clear. I've come to the end and I still have no clue wtf this story is about, except that Easter is a writer who's lived a hard life and gets crapped on a lot.

The writing, also, is pretty weak, in my opinion. I've come to expect much more from Ms McFadden an
Adrienne Thompson
May 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Bernice McFadden writes the kind of fiction I enjoy--stories full of love, loss, and life. I found this book impossible to put down and felt the words on the pages come to life as I read. I am adding this book to my list of favorites and am so glad I spent a few hours with Easter and company. This book, for me, was more than a good read, it was an experience, an event. Highly recommend!

Adrienne Thompson
Author of Summertime (A Novella)
Jun 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read! I love the historical background mixed with the author's story. I felt like I was there with Easter. Part of me wished Easter had known great success after her humble beginnings. But the true measure of success & riches lies in the fact that she never slandered or hurt those that hurt her.
Tracye Love
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome read.

I strongly suggest this book it was a great read. The literary history and imagery was great. A must read.
Jan 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book heart wrenching story but it did have a few humorous moments and quite a few facts and history that I never knew about. I even googled a few things to make sure.
Maya B
Dec 05, 2015 rated it liked it
short and sweet story...I just love her writing style
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 ⭐'s. Yet another master piece by Bernice L McFadden. ...more
Tracy Darity
Oct 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars for Glorious by Bernice McFadden.

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
Haley Mathiot
Mar 08, 2010 rated it liked it
It's really hard to say if I liked Glorious or not. I liked it in some ways, in some ways it was good but I could not like it, and in other ways I disliked it.

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
There is something that Bernice McFadden does with her main characters that just clenches at every emotion I cycle through while reading her novels. She lets them live on the page, and by live, I mean she lets them experience all the grit, grime and gore the beautifully flawed world she paints offers. Her characters are honest while allowing their truths to expose the reality real life has set out before them.

In Glorious, McFadden's Protagonist Easter cycles through life battered, worn, and ofte
Jun 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Homelessness of the Brave

Easter Venetta Bartlett is a literary talent unrequited by her experiences and unable to fathom the envy and deceit of lesser talents of her gift. Knowing little of the publishing world, her work is stolen by someone close to her. She becomes victim of her talent and is branded a plagiarist.

Bernice McFadden’s “Glorious” chronicles the life of affable Easter, from adolescence through her senior years. It is a story of betrayal, loss, talent and struggle in a hostile env
Mar 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Adults
Easter Bartlett learns early in life that because of her skin color, she will be denied basic human freedoms and considerations. She watches the inhumane justice and the unfair treatment of both her family and others of her race, with helplessness and mortification. As it cripples and destroys her family, Easter moves on and tries to spread her wings and grow.

Glorious is powerfully written novel dealing with one of America's largest sins - segregation. It has been spoken of, but unless one has g
Sep 07, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: aahf-mcfadden
Call me greedy. I want 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
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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 finali ...more
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“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...” 7 likes
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