A Night In with
Bernice L. McFadden
Join critically acclaimed author Bernice L. McFadden to celebrate the publication This Bitter Earth, the sequel to her classic debut Sugar.
In This Bitter Earth Lacey is on her way out of Bigelow, Arkansas, where she’d come to break the past. With her worn leopard-print suitcase and her head held high, she walks past the prying eyes of it’s small-minded, cruel-hearted townsfolk, praying for the strength to keep going. She doesn’t stop until she arrives at her childhood home in Short Junction. Here she learns the truth about her parentage: a terrible tale of unrequited love, of one man’s enduring hatred, and of the black magic that has cursed generations of Lacey women.
This Bitter Earth is a testament to the ultimate triumph of the human spirit. Join Bernice in conversation with Paula Akpan as she discusses the inspirations for the sequel and it’s cast of unforgettable characters.
‘Poignant and bittersweet, this novel is a joy’ – Richard and Judy on Sugar
‘Riveting… Searing and expertly imagined’ – Toni Morrison on Bernice L. McFadden