We made it to Wednesday again! This week has been a mixed bag in terms of work, but I’ve made some good reading progress. I finished a great book that I had been taking my time with and have now started another one that I’m really enjoyed. I’ve also had a chance to visit Barnes and Noble for the first time since the pandemic started. I love bookstores and have missed being able to physically browse books. My TBR list has increased significantly as a result of my visit and I’m going to be sharing one of them as part of Wishful Endings‘ weekly meme Can’t Wait Wednesday. Can’t Wait Wednesday asks bloggers to post about upcoming books that we are excited to be reading soon.
Laila desperately wants to become a mother, but each of her previous pregnancies has ended in heartbreak. This time has to be different, so she turns to the Melancons, an old and powerful Harlem family known for their caul, a precious layer of skin that is the secret source of their healing power.
When a deal for Laila to acquire a piece of caul falls through, she is heartbroken, but when the child is stillborn, she is overcome with grief and rage. What she doesn’t know is that a baby will soon be delivered in her family—by her niece, Amara, an ambitious college student—and delivered to the Melancons to raise as one of their own. Hallow is special: she’s born with a caul, and their matriarch, Maman, predicts the girl will restore the family’s prosperity.
Growing up, Hallow feels that something in her life is not right. Did Josephine, the woman she calls mother, really bring her into the world? Why does her cousin Helena get to go to school and roam the streets of New York freely while she’s confined to the family’s decrepit brownstone?
As the Melancons’ thirst to maintain their status grows, Amara, now a successful lawyer running for district attorney, looks for a way to avenge her longstanding grudge against the family. When mother and daughter cross paths, Hallow will be forced to decide where she truly belongs.
“Caul Baby” seems like a good example of magical realism, which I tend to enjoy, but don’t really read enough of. I’m also interested in how this book will go about exploring the theme of family, both born and found/chosen.
Has this book caught your eye? Have you read any books like it recently?