Publisher: Akashic Books
Publication Year: 2010
Length: 240 pages
ASIN: 1936070111
ISBN: 1936070111

Glorious is ultimately an audacious exploration into the nature of self-hatred, love, possession, ego, betrayal, and, finally, redemption.

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2011 NAACP Image Award Nominee for Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction

Glorious is set against the backdrops of the Jim Crow South, the Harlem Renaissance, and the civil rights era. Blending the truth of American history with the fruits of Bernice L. McFadden’s rich imagination, this is the story of Easter Venetta Bartlett, a fictional Harlem Renaissance writer whose tumultuous path to success, ruin, and revival offers a candid portrait of the American experience in all its beauty and cruelty.

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“McFadden’s lively and loving rendering of New York hews closely to the jazz-inflected city of myth; […] McFadden has a wonderful ear for dialogue, and her entertaining prose equally accommodates humor and pathos.”

–New York Times Book Review

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