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Publisher's Summary

The Warmest December is the incredibly moving story of one Brooklyn family and the alcoholism that determined years of their lives. Narrated by Kenzie Lowe, a young woman reminiscent of Jamaica Kincaid's Annie John, as she visits her dying father and finds that choices she once thought beyond her control are very much hers to make. 

Bernice L. McFadden is the author of seven critically acclaimed novels.

©2001, 2012 Bernice L. McFadden (P)2001 Recorded Books

Critic Reviews

"McFadden's reissued second novel takes an unflinching look at the corrosive nature of alcoholism.... This is not a story of easy redemption.... McFadden writes candidly about the treacherous hold of addiction." (Publishers Weekly)

"Riveting.... So nicely avoids the sentimentality that swirls around the subject matter. I am as impressed by its structural strength as by the searing and expertly imagined scenes." (Toni Morrison, author of Beloved)

"The sharpness of the prose and power of the story make it hard to stop reading even the most brutal scenes.... The story feels real perhaps because it’s familiar.... Or maybe, as Frey points out, the story is too vivid to be read purely as fiction. But in this Precious-style novel, genre is the least of our concerns." (Bust Magazine)

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Bernice McFadden

I first read Sugar, my Bernice and got hooked. I read Nowhere is A Place and now this, all back to back. I love her storytelling. I'm still in love with some of the characters.

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Amazing but possibly Triggering

Great story and narrator. Will be triggering for some. Some very heavy content but well worth it.

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The Story of Some of us

You don't find too many stories that deal with growing up with an alcoholic parent. The pain and abuse written about by the author must have been experienced in some form or fashion. I am sure this was very hard to write but also filling the hole in her heart as it did with Kenzie.
Good read. Hard one, but good.

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Is real fiction a thing? If it is, then this is it

What I will say about Bernice McFadden and The Warmest December is that she (McFadden) can make wounds and heal them with simple turns of phrase. There is growth and understanding in these pages.

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Great story filled with love, joy and so much generation pain. The apple never falls to far from the tree!!

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Great Book

I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was very well written and narrated. 👍🏾

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Finding a start to the healing journey. Amazing read. Well developed characters. Story was perfectly timed!

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Great listen

I read this book some years ago but wow I don't recall going through the emotions and such like i did this go around.

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I love all of Bernice L. Mc Fadden’s books. I love the narrator Myra Lucretia Taylor, she did an excellent job. This story is hard and raw. Addiction in generations is a hard thing. McFadden’s beautiful prose tells a horrific story.

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Very depressing closure was not clear..,,

Everyone wants a happy ending. This book could not provide that ; however there could have been more closure with Kenzie and Della to at least strive to live a better life. Some light at the end of the tunnel is what I am suggesting.