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Bookreporter Talks To

Feb 22, 2022

Charmaine Wilkerson, an award-winning short fiction writer, talks to Carol Fitzgerald about her debut novel, Black Cake, which is a Bookreporter Bets On selection and a Today Show Read With Jenna book.

After their mother's death, Byron and Benny are left a voice recording from their mother and a black cake that is not to be eaten until they finish listening. The children are taken on a journey into their mysterious family history.

Charmaine talks to Carol about how she approached the novel with small snippets of ideas, which came together to weave a larger story. They discuss her characters - how she discovered them and where she took them. And yes, they talk about the preparation of a black cake.

Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson

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Photography Credit: Greg Fitzgerald