• Charm's Pen

Food and Diaspora

Updated: Dec 1, 2020

When someone in my family texted me about a recipe for rum pudding, which many Caribbeans call black cake, it started me thinking. I scribbled some notes about the significance that specific foods can hold from one individual to the next, especially in a multicultural family where no two people have exactly the same background.

A few years later, I began to write a story about family, identity, longing, love and, of course, cake. The experiences of the fictional family at the heart of the story are particular to their background and yet universal, as in many of the stories which I have loved as a reader. I'm delighted that the resulting novel Black Cake is slated for publication in 2022 by the lovely folks at Penguin Michael Joseph in the UK and Ballantine Books in the US--and I look forward to sharing it with readers!

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