There’s always something tantalizing on the book discussion agenda at the Cascade library. And, this month, it’s Black Cake, a debut novel by Charmaine Wilkerson which has been turned into a television series that can be streamed on Hulu.
With an assist from movie reviewer Kim Kovacs on “BookBrowse,” here’s a synopsis of the story:
“In present-day California, Eleanor Bennett’s death leaves behind a puzzling inheritance for her two children, Byron and Benny. It’s a traditional Caribbean black cake made from a family recipe with a long history, along with 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?
“It is a story of how inheritance of betrayals, secrets, memories, and even names can shape relationships and history. Deeply evocative and beautifully written, it is an extraordinary journey through the life of a family changed forever by the choices of its matriarch.”
The book discussion group will meet at 10 am on November 20 in the Wisner Center at the Cascade Library. No registration is required, according to Sara Moseley, Cascade librarian and discussion facilitator.
“If you’re interested, you just need to show up,” she said. “We encourage attendees to read ahead of the schedule if possible since some titles may be in short supply near the discussion date.”