Book Club: Black Cake (July 2023)

Join us as we discuss Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson on July 27, 2023 at 7:30pm CT. We will be joined by birth mom Muthoni Gaciku Kittredge to help us discuss the adoption themes within the novel.


Thursday, July 23, 2023 @ 8:30pm ET/7:30pm CT


$10 per attendee. To RSVP, Venmo @stephiepredllc or Paypal – include “book club” and your email address or Instagram handle in the note section. I will add you to a calendar invite with the Zoom link using the included email address. *If you do not include an email address or IG handle, I won’t be able to send you the Zoom link, so please be sure to include one of those pieces of info!*

Book club fees help to cover administrative fees and to pay our adoptee and birth parent guests for their time and emotional labor. Fees are nonrefundable.

Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson

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?

Charmaine Wilkerson’s debut novel is a story of how the inheritance of betrayals, secrets, memories, and even names can shape relationships and history. Deeply evocative and beautifully written, Black Cake is an extraordinary journey through the life of a family changed forever by the choices of its matriarch.

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