With amazing skills as a storyteller, Bernice McFadden takes us all on a cross-country trip of self-discovery. Nowhere Is A Place is a gripping, innovative, and compelling novel that demonstrates why Bernice McFadden is one of the supreme storytellers of our time. The real power of the narrative lies in the richness and complexity of the characters. In 2017 it was announced that Book of Harlan would be adapted into a film by director. Dealing with murder, rape and incest, this often grim tale is lightened considerably by a no-nonsense running commentary from the lovably flawed Dumpling, who thinks the past should be let go. Unbeknownst to Dumpling, Sherry plans to use the time to delve into the family history to find a source of her lifelong angst stemming from an unwarranted slap in the face. The cross-country road trip takes both women to a reunion with ancestors through the oral story told by Dumpling italics and the written saga transcribed by Sherry.
In parts of the narrative, time seems to stand still as she describes an event in riveting minute to minute detail. Like many family histories, it is fractured and stubbornly reluctant to reveal its secrets; but Sherry is determined to know the full story. After finding out what happened to her Mom, her Mother's siblings, and people on down the line. McFadden was born and raised in. It's much better than the mainstream critics are giving it credit for and McFadden proves once again that she is one of the most talented though underrated writers of the new generation of black female authors. They come to realize that 'the way out' of their emotional pain is 'back through'.
In just a few days' time, her extended family will gather for a reunion, and Sherry sets off across the country with her mother, Dumpling, to join them. The only drawback I had about this story is the undertone reference to voodoo. She attended high school at St. Sherry is pregnant and about to give birth and wants to know more about her family roots so that she can move forward with her life. What Sherry and Dumpling find on their trip is nothing less than the assorted pieces of their family's past.
. The story within a story is not an easy format for a novel but McFadden handles it with aplomb. Sherry has struggled all her life to understand who she is, where she comes from, and, most importantly, why her mother slapped her cheek one summer afternoon. What Sherry and Dumpling find on their trip is far more important than scenic sites here and there--it is the assorted pieces of their family's past. Reviewed by: Flashette bernice mcfadden uses such a richness of words to describe her characters thoughts and actions. Her writing style is lyrically and rhythmically intriguing. She started from when the family was taken from their tribe and literally put on a boat and sold into slavery.
The foundation of who I am, just got a little bit firmer. McFadden, it is a story of relationships, resiliency and joy. As you travel with Sherry and Dumpling, you will see that Nowhere is the center of everywhere! So when Sherry unexpectedly suggests a road trip from Paradise, Nevada to a family reunion in Sanderville, Georgia, both readers and Dumpling are in store for an eye-opening experience where family secrets are exposed after a lifetime of suppression. The incident has haunted Sherry, and it causes her to dig into her family's past. It is through these tales that the reader discovers the reasons for the strained relationship between mother and daughter, past and present. I love Bernice McFadden's novels but I did have issues with, Sherry, the daughter, in this story. A displaced African-American woman and her estranged mother rediscover their heritage and each other en route to a family reunion in rural Georgia.
Nothing can mend a broken heart quite like family. Our heroine, Sherry, is a well educated young woman who has been in several relationships which have left her scarred. 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. Dumpling and her middle daughter Sherry have always been distant. In parts of the narrative, time seems to stand still as she describes an event in riveting minute to minute detail. The reader did a great job with the character portrayals and the story was captivating.
In parts of the narrative, time seems to stand still as she describes an event in riveting minute to minute detail. She signed up for courses that concentrated on Afro-American history and literature, as well as creative writing, poetry and journalism. In parts of the narrative, time seems to stand still as she describes an event in riveting minute to minute detail. Nothing can mend a broken heart quite like family. After the birth of her daughter in 1988, McFadden obtained a job with RockResorts a company then owned by the Rockefeller family.
Her relationship with her mother is not very good either. If you are going to take the time to read, you may as well learn something and McFadden proves that she is more than a fiction writer. Nowhere Is A Place by Bernice L. Incest, history and self discovery are all addressed in this well written and quite entertaining novel. McFadden eloquently created an engaging novel that incorporated some interesting historical elements.
McFadden has a beautiful writing style that is simultaneously lyrical and transparent. What Sherry and Dumpling find on their trip is far more important than scenic sites here and there--it is the assorted pieces of their family's past. It is told in the form of family stories and traces the family as they face the horror of slavery, the challenges of emancipation, and life in both the American South and the North in later years. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. McFadden as a writer to watch in African-American literary fiction. 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.
I listened to this book on Audiobook and I was always intrigued and wanting more. Other times she employs a kind of poetic shorthand that condenses long periods of time, years even, into a few sentences. After reading this book, I was nothing but grateful to my ancestors as it was their existence as harsh as it may have been that made my life possible. There are incidents describing slavery brutality that are difficult to imagine but made understandable by the author's ability to create characters that elicit empathy from the reader. Forever frustrated with corporate America and the requirements they put on their employees, McFadden enrolled at. As these two ladies embark on a road trip that will eventually end at a family reunion, the family's historical narrative is revealed, which leads the daughter closer to the information that will explain why her mother slapped her across the face during her childhood.