In the 1960s, a runaway bride disappears into the surf off the coast of a Caribbean island and is feared drowned.
Five decades later, Eleanor Bennett dies, leaving her two estranged children a handwritten note about a small cake and a voice recording about a headstrong girl named Covey. She shares a tumultuous story that includes an unsolved murder, a long-lost child, and a visceral connection with the sea that has helped to shape her own identity.
Eleanor also leaves an unusual request, asking her children to sit down and share the black cake which she has left for them in the freezer… But only when the time is right.
What the siblings learn challenges everything they thought they knew about their mother, but could ultimately help them navigate their own struggles in contemporary America. Or leave them feeling more lost than ever…
Can Byron and Benny piece together their history and fulfil their mother’s final request?
And does every couple keep secrets this big from their own children?View book
Press & reviews
“A story as meaningful as it is delicious. At turns delightfully juicy and then stunningly wise, Black Cake is a winner.”
“An extremely assured debut which pulls in threads and echoes from across the Caribbean diaspora to deliver a rich, complex and really satisfying novel.”
“The scenes are so well drawn I could almost taste the cake. My heart broke and was put back together. Bravo.”
“A special, beautifully written novel that's as rich and intoxicating as the Jamaican rum cake of its title.”
“A roiling soup of family secrets, big lies, great loves, bright colours and strong smells.”