I am familiar with Jamaican black cake, a traditional fruit cake with fruits soaked in rum and wine. I went to many weddings and celebrations on the island where this special cake was served.
Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I loved the story of three generations, the novel set in the unnamed Caribbean island, later moving to the U.K. and the U.S.
A lot of research went into this book, which shows very well the multicultural aspect of the island, its history, and how Eleanor's past is an intricate part of it.
My only other comment regarding the book is that the story might be better listened to than read. The tone of the book becomes conversational at times, as the plot is slowly revealed in bits and pieces at a time. This made me impatient toward the end, wishing that the author would get to the important parts faster.
But the wait was worth it. All the threads of the novel are finally knit together and all the questions answered.
RECIPE: Click on the Book Club Kit from Random House Books for a recipe for Jamaican Black Cake.