The Seasons of Beento Blackbird

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The Seasons of Beento Blackbird marks the debut of Akosua Busia, an exciting and passionate new novelist. It is the story of Solomon Wilberforce, a magnetic and brilliant man who writes bestselling children's books under the name Beento Blackbird and who has dedicated himself to educating the far-flung children of African descent about their glorious heritage. And it is also the story of the three women who love him: Miriam, the Caribbean midwife who delivered him into the world when she was nine years old; ...
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Overview

The Seasons of Beento Blackbird marks the debut of Akosua Busia, an exciting and passionate new novelist. It is the story of Solomon Wilberforce, a magnetic and brilliant man who writes bestselling children's books under the name Beento Blackbird and who has dedicated himself to educating the far-flung children of African descent about their glorious heritage. And it is also the story of the three women who love him: Miriam, the Caribbean midwife who delivered him into the world when she was nine years old; Samantha, his beautiful, talented, and utterly modern New York book agent; and Ashia, an innocent woman-child who awaits him in her native village in Ghana. Solomon spends one season a year with each of these very different women. But when a family tragedy brings him to New York out of season, he finds that the neat compartments that once separated Miriam, Sam, and Ashia begin to fold in on one another. In a life that was once ordered by the cadence of nature itself, suddenly nothing is certain - and Solomon and the women he loves will never be the same again.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Unabashedly sentimental and preachily uplifting, Busia's sprawling first novel maps the physical, erotic and spiritual migrations of Solomon Wilberforce. Under the pseudonym of Beento Blackbird, Solomon is a gifted writer of children's books that enlighten black children all over the world about their rich African cultural roots. A blend of American, Caribbean and African antecedents, he's the walking embodiment of the multicultural African diaspora. He seems to have it all and then some: genius, charisma, great looks and the devotion of three women. Solomon spends winters on the Caribbean island of Cape Corcos with Miriam nine years his senior and summers in Ghana with his young bride, Ashia. In New York, his literary agent, a woman named Sam, has been in love with him for years, completely unaware of his other lives. Busia enriches her narrative with glimpses of her native Ghana and scenes in London and New York. Too often, however, she mistakes purple prose for lyricism and sentimentality for true feeling. Only late in the story, when the precarious balance of Solomon's life goes awry, do the characters experience anything remotely resembling a convincing crisis. And even then, the resolution lacks gravity. At one point, Busia writes that Solomon's "inner child was eager to come out and show him how to lead the children into a bright new world." This is book is written with a similar, wide-eyed eagerness. Oct.
Library Journal
In this first novel, lead character Solomon is emerging from self-exile and reliving his recent past. His story revolves around three very different women-one from the Caribbean, one from America, one from Africa, and all in love with him. (LJ 9/15/96)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671014094
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 12/1/1997
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 986,568
  • Product dimensions: 0.85 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in Ghana, educated in Europe, and now living in Los Angeles, Akosua Busia appeared as Nettie alongside Oprah Winfrey in The Color Purple. The Seasons of Beento Blackbird is her first novel.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2013

    Shared the bookwith my family and most of my friends....we all l

    Shared the bookwith my family and most of my friends....we all loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2006

    Excellent mix of Carribean and AFRICA!!!

    Akosua Busia really came out strong with The Seasons of Beento Blackbird! The lyricism really took me away. I could feel every breeze, step and breath of every little detail! Highly recommended to ALL women. The ending was confusing, but Busia really understood every character and their motivations. She uses her hometown country of Ghana, and uses elements of the U.S, and almost every country in Africa!! Just plain excellent!Good going, Busia!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2004

    What a magnificent love story!!

    Akosua Busia allows you to experience love like no other. She takes you into the depths of the characters hearts and allow you to feel the love they all share for one another. This book is a must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2002

    Sorry to all the fans...

    Well, I must say that I was not impressed with The Seasons of Beento Blackbird. I did enjoy the descriptive language. There were points in the book where I could almost smell the sea or feel the rain, but it just didn't move me. When I set the book down at the end, I felt somehow unsatisfied and disappointed. The story didn't ring true somehow. With its nice, finished ending and contented, full-belly feeling with which it left me, I'm sorry to say that this book isn't anything more than a very well written writing exercise to present to a teacher. Real life does not end with such nicely tied loose ends; Solomon left trails of emotional rubble wherever he went and living in a cave for a little while, deserting his responsibilities, doesn't redeem him and it doesn't restore the lives he pushed himself into and disrupted. What was the point? Was it just meant to be entertaining? Okay, I'll give it that, it WAS entertaining at parts, but on the whole, the story seemed to be a loose tangle of mismanaged emotions and the frustrating and irresponsible wanderings of a confused and immature man. Solomon was too clean-cut, too much of a successful-black-beautiful-buck cliche to be believeable. The characters seem to RE-act to Solomon instead of acting as autonomous beings. Beautiful writing, important cultural implications, and somewhat entertaining, the book was an okay start to a career that has real potential.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2001

    Captivating Story

    This book was a refreshing diversion from the many underwritten AA books out now. Busia's poise was very vivid and enlightening. The sincerity of Solomon's love for the women in his life intrigued and angered me all at the same time. The Seasons of Beento Blackbird by far is the one AA love story that is a classic in my opinion. This book should be read, discussed, and reread by the masses.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2000

    Portrayal of a man's struggle with finding and sharing himself and his culture.

    Beento Blackbird, was an excellent, read, highligting the coming together of different cultures and the rightness, or not, of polygamy. The title is a testament to how Solomon lived, he spent a season with each of his wives. Set predominantly in the Caribbean and Ghana, the writer does an equisite job of sharing Solomons' struggle with himself as he tries to obtain a oneness with himself and his mate, his experiences and lessons taught by his parents has left adrift and uncertain. The story is warm, and tender and it stretches your thoughts in several directions. While you're reading this story, you find yourselfe rooting for everyone to come out on top. The ending was not climatic, but it was befitting the story. This book is a a book club's dream. There are so many issues to discuss.

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