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by Bernice L. McFadden

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  • ISBN 0452282918
  • ISBN13 978-0452282919
  • Language English
  • Author Bernice L. McFadden
  • Publisher Plume (December 31, 2002)
  • Pages 239
  • Formats lrf lit txt mbr
  • Category Fiction
  • Subcategory Genre Fiction
  • Size ePub 1228 kb
  • Size Fb2 1529 kb
  • Rating: 4.5
  • Votes: 338

KIenzie's childhood in the Lowe home in apartment A5 is fraught with violence, alcoholism, and abuse, and the young woman dreams of escaping her own life. By the author of Sugar. Reprint.

Bernice L. McFadden (born September 26, 1965) is an American novelist. She has also written humorous erotica under the pseudonym Geneva Holliday. Bernice L. McFadden was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She has authored fifteen novels.

Bernice L. In 2016 McFadden was awarded an MFA from The Writer's Foundry at St. Joseph's College in Brooklyn, NY. She is a Professor of Practice in Creative Writing at Tulane University in New Orleans. Praise Song for the Butterflies, Brooklyn, New York: Akashic Books, 2018.

Critical Praise for Glorious by Bernice L. McFadden, Finalist for the NAACP Image Award for Fiction, Winner of. . McFadden, Finalist for the NAACP Image Award for Fiction, Winner of the BCALA Literary Award for Fiction, Debut selection of the One Book . In reading Bernice’s work, particularly The Warmest December, which, unlike her other two books that I’ve read, is set in contemporary times, I wondered how much of it came from her actual life. The book tells the story of a woman named Kenzie sitting at her father’s bedside as he slowly dies.

Cigarette smoke loomed around me like a gray cloud and quiet chatter cradled the screeching sounds of chairs being moved and rearranged. I wouldn’t speak today. In fact, I hadn’t spoken at all since. the day I first stepped foot in this room. Six months and counting and not a word had I uttered. I just needed to be there with people who were like me. I didn’t even speak to Glenna about the time I spent in those rooms, among those people. She never really asked me how it was going; she was good about things like that. McFadden: Bernice L. McFadden is the author of seven critically acclaimed novels including the classic . McFadden is the author of seven critically acclaimed novels including the classic Sugar and Glorious, which was featured in Oprah Magazine and selected as the debut title for the One Book, One Harlem program. She is a two-time Hurston/Wright Legacy Award finalist, as well as the recipient of two fiction honor awards from the BCALA. Her sophomore novel, The Warmest December, was praised by Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison as "searing and expertly imagined. McFadden lives in Brooklyn, New York.

The Dallas Morning News The Warmest December is the incredibly moving story of one Brooklyn family and the alcoholism that determined years of. McFadden is the author of seven critically acclaimed novels.

The Dallas Morning News The Warmest December is the incredibly moving story of one Brooklyn family and the alcoholism that determined years of their lives. Narrated by Kenzie Lowe, a young woman reminiscent of Jamaica Kincaid's Annie John, as she visits her dying father and finds that choices she once thought beyond her control are very much hers to make. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate.

Bonus: This e-book features an excerpt from Bernice L. McFadden's New York Times Notable Book of the Year . McFadden's New York Times Notable Book of the Year Gathering of Waters. Nothing can MEND a broken heart quite like family. Sherry has struggled all her life to understand who she is, where she comes from, and, most important, why her mother slapped her cheek one summer afternoon. McFadden has a wonderful ear for dialogue, and her entertaining prose equally accommodates humor and pathos.

The Warmest December - Bernice L. McFadden. Critical Praise for Glorious by Bernice L. The book is sweeping in scope and brings to life the tenuous existence of an African American artist in the early twentieth century. Finalist for the NAACP Image Award for Fiction. Winner of the BCALA Literary Award for Fiction. Debut selection of the One Book, One Harlem program. I hadn’t read a word of hers before, but I will follow her from now o.

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The company was later sold and she was laid off and unemployed for one year. She cites that year as the turning point in her life because during those 12 months she began to dedicate herself to the art of writing. During the next nine years she held three jobs, always looking for something exciting and satisfying. Forever frustrated with corporate America and the requirements they put on their employees, McFadden enrolled at Fordham University.

Talk about The Warmest December

This book was almost overwhelmingly sad, but stark in its truth. There are no puppies and rainbows to be found, only darkness and human struggle. Yet it was so incredibly poignant, and moved me to tears.

As the introduction to this book points out, I'm not sure that this book could have been written by anyone that hasn't experienced alcoholism and abuse. It paints a vivid picture of this kind of life, and the writing is just beautiful.

At times, you both love and hate these characters. As a reader, you are cheering for redemption - for triumph. Make no mistake - this is not a book about redemption and triumph; yet there are still whispers of it underneath the bleakness.

Some of these reviews mention that it was a struggle to keep up with the tense of the story. While true at first, I quickly became used to it. It was almost an entire stream of consciousness, and the shifts in perspective and time were so accurate in their portrayal of someone's memories. Our minds tend to drift from one topic to another, from recollection to the present... This book illustrated these thought processes perfectly.

This book is simultaneously horrifying, beautiful, hopeful, depressing, and honest. It is a reminder that none of us are infallible or immune to struggle. It clearly shows us the consequences of living with terror and alcohol as one's best friends. Overall I found this to be an extremely moving, lovely book.
You know how there is one trait, or habit, or attitude that we hate about our parents, then we vow to ourselves that we will never be like them? And later on, are you self-conscious enough to recognize your parents in your speech, actions, decisions? When this happens, do you think that you could have done better, having vowed many years ago that you will never be like your mother and/or father.

I had thought this book was a novel about Christmas, but I was so wrong. It relates the story of Kenzie Lowe, a woman who grew up in a family where the father is an alcoholic who gets violent after finishing a bottle. In her early years, she had planted in her mind her hate towards her father; even wishing him to die. As a grown woman, she tried very hard to not fit into the same mould as her father. In the process, she understood and learned to forgive. While a lot of unfathomable things happened at the Lowe household, the book's main theme is all about forgiveness and letting go; about forgetting the pass and moving on; about changing ones life.

The author, Ms. McFadden is a terrific storyteller. She has a natural play with words without trying hard, making it more pleasant to read again and again.

To end, I would like to cite the following passages that I found as very nice and appropriate for the time:

" the stories rolled on like meadows after a war, trampled flowers for trees. That's who we were, wartorn meadows on the verge of new growth"

"That's the way life was. Ongoing, ever-changing, with a fresh coat of paints....I found that I needed to sweep away the pain, open up the windowa, and air out the hurt."
Beautifully written, cuts to the bone like a winters' chill. Pleased it was not written in the typical slang-type prose you would expect. It made you realize immediately that the author was something special, that she had a gft and could deliver without degrading her story with cuss words. She made you feel Van Gogh's loneliness in a Starry, Starry Night and see an overexposed Michaelangelo on a Picasso downtrodden face. Unless you know me, you ask " how can you possibly know? ". I ask "how can I possibly not?" Even if you've not experienced this all too common tragedy of life events, it boils to the surface and you cannot ignore it. Ms. McFadden captures the tormented souls and lets us, unfortunately, understand the reasons, pitiful as that may sound. It scours us with shame until we are festering blisters that have to weep to heal. The scars remain but they lighten as time goes by. Never invisible, just reminders of who we are, where we came from, and who we are now- victims and survivors. The cycle will continue as seen in Kenzie's eyes as she looks at Malcolm. We ask why? Why not? Learned behavior? Genetic? Both?
The author moves fluidly and effortlessly from past to present, a span of perhaps 25 years. She is always looking back and sideways while time passes her by to the future. We hope and pray when the tears finally come she finds relief. We breathe a sigh of relief also, only to gasp for fear of releasing too soon...the expected turmoil and sadness to follow.
The ending was appropriate and a mutual peace was shared by both. For Hy-Lo, his hand on Kenzie's back. For Kenzie, his scarred feet from a mother who couldn't be. Kenzie felt his pain as well as the pain he inflicted on her, mentally and physically. Perpetual thoughts, whirring and being on a virtual ride to hell. I found the novel fabulous and not tedious at all. I couldn't wait to go to bed and read. Priced too low. Well worth reading.
What a painful story, and yet it was beautifully crafted. In the end...McFadden allows each of her characters to be humanized, rather than simply marginally defined by their addiction. McFadden's work always includes stories woven into one another through various generations. This story was no different and we find no fewer than 3 generations of Lowes who fight alcoholism. McFadden's Warmest December nearly drowns you in its pain before bringing you to the surface to breathe again. As depressing as addiction and generational *curses* are, Bernice McFadden has just the hand to write of such pain. On one hand, you cringe and turn away from the brutality. Still, you want to stick w the characters...hoping and praying for their redemption. That you care so much is the magic of McFadden's pen.