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.
Her eight other critically acclaimed novels include Sugar, Loving Donovan, Gathering of Waters (a New York Times Editors’ Choice and one of the 100 Notable Books of 2012), and Glorious, which was featured in O, The Oprah Magazine and was an NAACP Image Award finalist. Bernice is a four-time Hurston/Wright Legacy Award finalist, as well as the recipient of three awards from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. Other honors include two Editor’s Choice picks from the Historical Novel Society, two Great Group Reads Selections for National Reading Group Month, and the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers’ award for Sugar. Praise Song for the Butterflies, a tale of ritual servitude in contemporary West Africa, is her latest novel. She currently teaches creative writing at Tulane University in New Orleans.