Wave Staff Report
“The Caged Butterfly,” by Atlanta author Marian L. Thomas, received top honors in the African American fiction category in the 15th annual Best Book Awards given out by the American Book Fest.
According to Jeffrey Keen, president and CEO of the American Book Fest, this year’s contest received 2,000 entries from mainstream and independent publishers, which were then narrowed down to more than 400 winners and finalists.
“I can’t tell you how excited I was to get the email indicating that ‘The Caged Butterfly’ had won,” Thomas said. “It was a great feeling. A great milestone that I was thankful to have reached.”
“The Caged Butterfly” is a fictional story that follows three characters as they navigate life’s rocky terrain in search of hope, courage and forgiveness. One of the main characters, Nina Taylor , is convinced that having white skin is the only way to make it successfully in the entertainment industry and thus dives deep into the dangerous world of skin bleaching.
The daughter of a white man and a black woman, Taylor yearns for a lighter complexion and becomes obsessed with the idea.
The books spans the period from 1920 to 1996 and four generations of the Taylor family, but Nina Taylor’s story is prominent throughout.
Thomas wrote the book just over a year ago with hopes of bringing exposure to the alarming skin bleaching trends in the black community.
“At the heart of Nina’s story, lies a very dangerous obsession that has become an authentic reality for some women in the black community today,” Thomas said.
Thomas has written six contemporary fiction novels to date. Her books continue to be featured in print magazines, newspapers and Thomas has appeared on many local, national and online radio stations.
She spent most of her teen years in Oak Park, Illinois, but now resides in a suburb of Atlanta with her husband.
“The Caged Butterfly” is available in hardcover ($22.49) or paperback ($14.99) at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and wherever books are sold.