When novelist Bertice Berry set out to write a history of her family, she initially believed she’d uncover a story of slavery and black pain, but the deeper she dug, the more surprises she found. There was heartache, yes, but also something unexpected: hope. Peeling away the layers, Berry came to learn that the history of slavery cannot be quantified in simple, black-and-white terms of “good” and “evil” but is rather a complex tapestry of roles and relations, of choices and individual responsibility.
In this poignant, reflective memoir, Berry skillfully relays the evolution of relations between the races, from slavery to Reconstruction, from the struggles of the Civil Rights movement and the Black Power 1970s, and on to the present day. In doing so, she sheds light on a picture of the past that not only liberates but also unites and evokes the need to forgive and be forgiven.
About Bertice Berry
Bertice Berry is the author of the novel Redemption Song and four works of nonfiction. An inspirational speaker, doctor of sociology, and former stand-up comedian, she lives in southern California, where she is raising her sister's three children.
PRAISE FOR WHEN LOVE CALLS YOU BETTER ANSWER
“An inspirational tale.” —Ebony
“A folksy, feel-good little novel … sentimentally delightful.” —Publishers Weekly
PRAISE FOR THE HAUNTING OF HIP HOP “A nimble social commentator, Berry wisely eschews clichés and delivers a powerful story with a message that should not be lost.” —Essence
“In this poignant and educational ‘ghost’ story, Berry drives home the importance of making sure the richness of ancient Africa’s drums lives in the music today.” —Heart & Soul
PRAISE FOR REDEMPTION SONG “A simple love story to drive home the importance of understanding one’s history … entertaining but also enlightening.” —USA Today
“Compelling … thought-provoking … Filled with life lessons wrapped in mother wit and family lore.” —Dallas Morning News
“Comedian and inspirational speaker Berry makes a tear-tugging fiction debut with this slim romantic fable about connections across generations.” —Publishers Weekly