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"The seeming inevitability of cruel fate juxtaposes the
triumph of the spirit in this remarkably rich and powerful
novel, Glorious. Bernice McFadden's fully realized
characters are complicated, imperfect beings, but if ever a
character were worthy of love and honor, it is her Easter
Bartlett. This very American story is fascinating; it is
also heartbreaking, thought-provoking, and beautifully
written."—Binnie Kirshenbaum, author of The Scenic Route
"Riveting. . . . I am as impressed by its structural
strength as by the searing and expertly imagined
scenes.”—Toni Morrison, on The Warmest December
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
Glorious is ultimately an audacious exploration into the
nature of self-hatred, love, possession, ego, betrayal, and,
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