Glorious is set against the backdrops of the Jim Crow South, the Harlem Renaissance, and the Civil Rights era. Blending fact and fiction, Glorious is the story of Easter Venetta Bartlett, a fictional Harlem Renaissance writer whose tumultuous path to success, ruin, and ultimately revival offers a candid and true portrait of the American experience in all its beauty and cruelty.
Praise for Glorious:
McFadden's lively and loving rendering of New York hews closely to the jazz-inflected city of myth; [É] McFadden has a wonderful ear for dialogue, and her entertaining prose equally accommodates humor and pathos."
--New York Times Book Review
"Bernice L. McFaddenÕs novel Glorious, which starts with a bang-up prologue, has a strong main character (based in part on Zora Neale Hurston), hard-driving prose, and historic sweep of several decades, including the years of the Harlem Renaissance, which has always fascinated me."
--Jane Ciabattari, National Book Critics Circle President
"The book is sweeping in scope and brings to life the tenuous existence of an African-American artist in the early 20th century."
--Vogue (Italian edition)
"I hadn't read a word of hers before [Glorious], but I will follow her from now on."
--Alan Cheuse, NPR
Causes Bernice McFadden Supports
Hurston Wright Foundation
Girls Write Now
Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS)