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Reviews

  • Unputdownable. Astonishing. Twists and turns so shocking they will leave your head spinning and your heart aching

    Grazia
  • An extremely assured debut which pulls in threads and echoes from across the Caribbean diaspora to deliver a rich, complex and really satisfying novel

    Alison Finch, BBC Radio 4
  • A delicious novel. The chapters come fast and furious . . . A satisfying literary meal, heralding the arrival of a new novelist to watch

    Independent
  • Black Cake is a beautiful, deeply resonant story of children trying to understand the mother they have lost. Charmaine Wilkerson transports you across the decades and the globe accompanied by complex, wonderfully drawn characters. She has managed to tell a story that is as meaningful as it is delicious. At turns delightfully juicy and then stunningly wise, Black Cake is a winner

    Taylor Jenkins Reid, Sunday Times bestselling author of Daisy Jones and The Six
  • Black Cake explores the ways we use meals not just to nourish ourselves but to help tell unspeakable stories. Family, food, festering resentment - you'll find plenty to chew on . . . Wilkerson approaches her plot like a mad chef, grabbing ingredients from all over the world, slicing and dicing with abandon, tossing characters and palm fronds and a few drops of rum into a pot and letting it all come to a simmer . . . A roiling soup of family secrets, big lies, great loves, bright colours and strong smells

    New York Times
  • I was instantly taken in by this multi-generational tale of identity, family, and the lifelong push and pull of home. This novel has a tremendous heart at its centre, and I felt its beat on every page. What an extraordinary debut

    Mary Beth Keane, bestselling author of Ask Again, Yes
  • A special, beautifully written novel that's as rich and intoxicating as the Jamaican rum cake of its title

    Good Housekeeping
  • So beautifully written I'm struggling to believe it's a debut. The cake is the glue that holds all the layers together and the scenes are so well drawn I could almost taste the cake, feel the warm sea on my skin. My heart broke and was put back together. Bravo

    Nikki May, author of Wahala
  • I loved the brilliant writing, the characters and the clever and beautiful way the story melded together. A stunning book

    Prima, 'BOOK OF THE MONTH'
  • Wilkerson explores the nuances of racial identity and betrayal in a powerful novel

    Vogue

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