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about the book

Synopsis: Black Cake - In present-day California, Eleanor Bennett’s death leaves behind a puzzling inheritance for her two children, Byron and Benny: a black cake, made from a family recipe with a long history, and a voice recording. In her message, Eleanor shares a tumultuous story about a headstrong young swimmer who escapes her island home under suspicion of murder. The heartbreaking tale Eleanor unfolds, the secrets she still holds back, and the mystery of a long-lost child challenge everything the siblings thought they knew about their lineage and themselves.

Can Byron and Benny reclaim their once-close relationship, piece together Eleanor’s true history, and fulfill her final request to “share the black cake when the time is right”? Will their mother’s revelations bring them back together or leave them feeling more lost than ever?

Our online book club is meant for women of color to come together every month to discover new book selections and to foster a sense of community by discussing these stories. Each month we focus on a different theme; feel free to interrupt this theme with your chosen food & libations.
To join us, please RSVP at the link above (subject "black booked busy bookclub") and do so a week before the scheduled meeting. Only those who have RSVP will be sent a meeting link by email. Look forward to seeing you! Please invite anyone who you feel may be interested.

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Past bookclub meetings

August 15: I <3 NY - Seven Days in June
October 3: Adventures in Babysitting - Such a Fun Age
November 7: A Day at the Office - Black Buck
January 9: Devil Went Down to Georgia - An American Marriage
February 27: Not Just Black & White - The Vanishing Half
May 1: Desperate Housewives - Adele