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Praise for “Praise Song for the Butterflies”

“McFadden, writer of great, imaginative novels for years now (including Sugar and Gathering of Waters), is back with one of her best yet. Exploring ritual sacrifice in contemporary West Africa, Praise Song offers a fascinating, painful glimpse into a world beyond America’s shores, filled with tragedy and love and hope.”
Entertainment Weekly

“Perhaps one of the best books of the year, Praise Song for the Butterflies is a stunning, brief portrait that humanizes the plight of those in ritual servitude. It’s a fantastic work from a gifted author.”
The Gazette

“A fictional West African country is the setting for Bernice L. McFadden’s latest work, Praise Song for the Butterflies. Here we meet Abeo Kata, a 9-year-old girl who is ripped from her privileged lifestyle when her father forces her to become a slave in a religious sect. Rescued after 15 years, Abeo struggles to overcome dark family secrets while learning to love again.”
Essence Magazine

“Bernice L. McFadden’s novel Praise Song for the Butterflies has received great reviews and will be published today. The book centers on Abeo Kata, the privileged daughter of a government employee and a stay-at-home mother in West Africa whose happy life changes dramatically after she’s placed in a shrine as an offering. Fifteen years later, Abeo is finally rescued and must learn to move beyond her traumatic past.”
Good Morning America

“McFadden crafts a compassionate, unforgettable story of loss and redemption.”
BBC Culture

“Recent favorites [at Mahogany Books in Washington, DC] include…award-winning novelist Bernice L. McFadden’s forthcoming Praise Song for the Butterflies, about a nine-year-old West African girl sacrificed into religious servitude.”
Vanity Fair

“The novel has a timeless quality; McFadden is a master of taking you to another time and place. In doing so, she raises questions surrounding the nature of memory, what we allow to thrive, and what we determine to execute…McFadden brings the sweeping drama of her earlier works–The Book of Harlan, Glorious, Gathering of Waters–into this small book, and reminds me of the gentle fierceness of Edwidge Danticat’s writing.”
Los Angeles Review of Books