Nowhere Is a Place

  • Title: Nowhere Is a Place
  • Author: Bernice L. McFadden
  • ISBN: 9781617751523
  • Page: 329
  • Format: ebook
  • Nowhere Is a Place Nowhere Is a Place is a powerful portrait of family secrets damage and healing probing deep below the surface of an African American family s history to mend present day relationships Ms McFadden h
    Nowhere Is a Place is a powerful portrait of family secrets, damage, and healing, probing deep below the surface of an African American family s history to mend present day relationships Ms McFadden has a beautiful writing style that is simultaneously lyrical and transparent In parts of the narrative, time seems to stand still as she describes an event in riveti Nowhere Is a Place is a powerful portrait of family secrets, damage, and healing, probing deep below the surface of an African American family s history to mend present day relationships Ms McFadden has a beautiful writing style that is simultaneously lyrical and transparent In parts of the narrative, time seems to stand still as she describes an event in riveting minute to minute detail Other times she employs a kind of poetic shorthand that condenses long periods of time, years even, into a few sentences New York Journal of Books An engrossing multigenerational saga With her deep engagement in the material and her brisk but lyrical prose, McFadden creates a poignant epic of resiliency, bringing Sherry to a well earned awareness of her place atop the shoulders of her ancestors, those who survived so that she might one day, too Publishers Weekly Telling her story from two perspectives and on two levels the mother daughter relationship and Sherry s fictional account McFadden brings added texture to this story of reconciliation Booklist A poignant tale of self discovery in the face of a complicated family history Brooklyn Daily Eagle Bernice L McFadden s Nowhere Is a Place is a hauntingly disturbing and redemptive frame story of many generations of a Yamasee Native American and African American family from pre slavery times until July 1995 Bowling Green Daily News With a good dose of poignancy about life and finding the wisdom of the world for ourselves, Nowhere is a Place is a fine addition to modern literary fiction collections The Midwest Book Review Compelling, beautifully written, and profoundly human, McFadden has conjured a tale of a fractured family who journey across the country and back through history to unearth painful truths that unexpectedly reshape their relationships with each other Lynn Nottage, playwright, author of Intimate Apparel Nothing can mend a broken heart quite like family Sherry has struggled all her life to understand who she is, where she comes from, and, most important, why her mother slapped her cheek one summer afternoon The incident has haunted Sherry, and it causes her to dig into her family s past Like many family histories, it is fractured and stubbornly reluctant to reveal its secrets but Sherry is determined to know the full story In just a few days time, her extended family will gather for a reunion, and Sherry sets off across the country with her mother, Dumpling, to join them What Sherry and Dumpling find on their trip is far important than scenic sites here and there it is the assorted pieces of their family s past Pulled together, they reveal a history of amazing survival and abundant joy Bernice L McFadden is the author of eight critically acclaimed novels including the classic Sugar, Gathering of Waters a New York Times Editors Choice , and Glorious, which was featured in O, The Oprah Magazine and was a finalist for the NAACP Image Award She is a two time Hurston Wright Legacy Award finalist, as well as the recipient of two fiction honor awards from the BCALA Her sopho novel, The Warmest December, was praised by Nobel Prize winning author Toni Morrison as searing and expertly imagined McFadden lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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    About Bernice L. McFadden


    1. BERNICE L McFADDEN is the author of The Book of Harlan winner of the 2017 American Book Award and the 2017 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work This in addition to eight other critically acclaimed novels including Sugar, Loving Donovan, Gathering of Waters a New York Times Editors Choice and one of the 100 Notable Books of 2012 , Glorious, which was featured in O, The Oprah Magazine and was a finalist for the NAACP Image Award She is a four time Hurston Wright Legacy Award finalist, as well as the recipient of three awards from the BCALA Praise Song for the Butterflies is her latest novel.


    157 Comments


    1. Wow! Why didn't I read this book earlier. This is a great read for book lovers because it features a book inside a book. Loved the characters Sherry and Dumpling! Dumplings quick-wit and great one-liners kept me laughing. Besides the humor, Nowhere is a place explores family history and this novel is based on McFadden's family. It's definitely inspired me to look into my family lineage a bit closer too. The novel is highly descriptive and the characters developed fully. The plot will keep you in [...]

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    2. Bernice McFadden is bae.

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    3. One of my favorite things about this author is her unique storytelling. This book is 2 stories is one. Its a family saga laced with the mother daughter relationship of Sherry and dumpling. In order to find the truth you have to explore the past.

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    4. Bernice McFadden sure knows how to grab your heart and call on all your emotions with her writing! That’s what I would consider genius!!!

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    5. Good read. A car journey across country with Sherry and her mother Dumplin to a family reunion reveal some deep dark secrets about their family. Sherry desires to write a book and ask her mother some pointed uncomfortable questions which reveal a history of slavery, abuse, survival, murder, freedom, incest and truth which bring the two, who have never been close, to a deeper understanding of who they are and what family really mean.

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    6. Great bookAll of McFadden book are well written you can just see all the characters and places so vividly. Another great book

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    7. A beautifully written story about a mother and a daughter, who were not close, who rebuild a relationship during a road trip to a family reunion. There are many questions that Sherry and Dumpling have for each other but have never asked. Sherry also writes a book about her family history. I loved this book and how it visits the pain and suffering of the past and how the family has continued to work through the difficult times and persevered. The road trip not only helps Sherry answer her questio [...]

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    8. Even a hopeful ending and great writing cannot overshadow the darkness of the subject matter found within this novel. It wasn't a joy to read, for I felt sick at times and sad and I didn't know if I could emotionally stomach the complete truth of the history of this African-American and Native American family. McFadden's writing is blunt almost to the point of being crude at times, but mostly, the writing is simply evocative in its realism. If you can't handle the bleakness of slavery, sexual ab [...]

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    9. I just finished this one over the weekend and it was wonderful! It was not at all what I expected, and that was a very good thing. It took me down my favorite road of families, African-American history, secrets and spirits. I couldn't put it down and I will miss these characters very much.

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    10. In this novel two narratives are used to tell us the stories of a Southern slave family. Straight away I knew this would not be as good as Mudbound (so I recommend for a truly touching portrayal of share cropping that would be the one to read). Okay, so, there is a present day narrative between Sherry and her mother Dumpling as they travel across the country to participate in a family reunion that neither have been to for many many years. These two have a very fractured relationship, Sherry is a [...]

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    11. The framing story takes a little while to really grab you, but there is a payoff in the structure and the ending of the novel that makes it worth a bit of a slog. The meat of this book is an amazingly intense inter-generational story that takes us from slavery to the North to vegetarian daughters with pierced noses that mothers don't understand. Very much about family, in the best and worst ways, and with some of the most breathtaking scenes of both violence and beauty that I've read.

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    12. Wow!! This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. The book begins with a mother and daughter taking driving across country. While doing so, the mother and daughter reconcile their relationship and the mother shares the family history. The family history begins during slavery and eventually reveals a family secret that has effected many women in the family. The book is heart wrenching and will leave you with a deeper appreciation for our ancestors. A must read!

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    13. I really liked the story of this mother and daughter teaching other their history while on the way to a family reunion. I like that there is a story within a story, which I was not initially expecting. Beautiful writing from Ms. McFadden with stories that ring out with a truth that could be my, or anyone's, family history even though it's fiction. Powerful story.

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    14. I loved this book just as well as the others I have read. It 's about a family discovering their family tree and all the stories behind each character. It jumps back and forth from slavery days up to today. Sherry and her mama Dumpling travel from Calif to Georgia by way of car and catch up on the famikhistory.

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    15. Excellent read!

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    16. As much as I loved reading the words, the narrator really brought them to life. I loved her voicing of Dumpling especially.

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    17. Nowhere Is A Place, by Bernice McFadden, is the first novel by this author that I am unsure what to do with. Ms. McFadden is an awesome writer and her narratives are a God given blessing. Nowhere Is A Place is two stories woven into one. The first story is about Sherry and her mother, Dumpling. The second story is the history of their ancestors. It is the second story that is the most powerful, and at times left me annoyed by the interruption of the first. For this reason, I am going to give Now [...]

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    18. 7 of 8 people found the following review helpful: A Journey Straight To The Heart, February 20, 2006Bernice L. McFadden's latest release, Nowhere Is A Place, centers on a journey of discovery that spans across country, generations, and time. No nonsense, down-to-earth Dumpling and her distant, bohemian daughter, Sherry, have a long history of misunderstanding and miscommunication. So when Sherry unexpectedly suggests a road trip from Paradise, Nevada to a family reunion in Sanderville, Georgia, [...]

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    19. Thoroughly engrossing and difficult to put down, Nowhere is a Place is a story of family and forgiveness. In the present, Sherry and her mother Dumpling are travelling cross country back to the small Georgia town where Dumpling was raised for a family reunion. Between them lie years of misunderstandings and divergent beliefs and lives. Sherry has finally found peace in new love, and suggests the trip as a way to find peace with her mother as well.Sherry has decided to write a book about their an [...]

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    20. Sherry and her mother, Dumpling, have never had a very close relationship. In an attempt to get some answers and find out who she really is and where she comes from, Sherry suggests a road-trip with Dumpling. As they drive cross-country, Dumpling shares the family history back four generations and Sherry brings it to life in novel form. The story comes to life for us, the readers, in small chunks. We read about Sherry and Dumpling, then we read about Lou, the little American Indian girl sold int [...]

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    21. Bernice McFadden never disappoints this reader! This multi generational novel begins with a young woman searching for answers and to discover her roots and ends with a healed relationship with her Mother. I have to say while reading this novel, I cried because Bernice McFadden brought to life a terrible time in American history, slavery. Her narrative rang so true, I felt ashamed at how my ancestors could have ever found anyone a procession rather than a person. With that being said, all of her [...]

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    22. Recently read this book and thought it was a provocatively wonderful book that I should have read before now. It was the May assigned book for my book club and we went over time on this one. It had everything, covered over 3-4 generations, and offer a healthy dosage of humor throughout the narrative that have you shaking your head at the ills of slavery.

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    23. Loved the way this story developed - clever, poignant story. I listened to it coming back from FL - perfect time filler! A black daughter picks up her mother in the west for a road trip to a family reunion in Georgia to learn about her mother's family history to write a book. I loved the mother, Dumpling!

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    24. I have loved all of Bernice McFadden's books. This one is no exception. The story goes back and forth between present day and slavery times(describing how their family came to be). Sad, funny, and true. It explores the relationships between family, mothers and daughters, and the secrets they keep.

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    25. This book was very interesting if you love American history. It takes place in the South and follows one families history and secrets. I read it in one day. Going to start another book by Beatrice McFadden tonight.

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    26. This book is a testament to the fact that we are who we are based on our past experiences, whether good or bad. And if we are not careful, we can pass those experiences onto the next generation, whether good or bad

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    27. This is a must read!

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    28. 'Nowhere is a Place' is about the physical and emotional journey a mother and daughter take while on a cross country trip to attend a family reunion.

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    29. Beautifully written story of a woman who sets out to learn her family's history. Bernice McFadden is such a wonderful writer! I hate for her books to end. She is my favorite!

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    30. Beautifully written, this novel took my breath away.

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