Caul Baby

Caul Baby

New York Times bestselling author Morgan Jerkins makes her fiction debut with this electrifying novel, for fans of Ta-Nehisi Coates and Jacqueline Woodson, that brings to life one powerful and enigmatic family in a tale rife with secrets, betrayal, intrigue, and magic.

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.  

 Engrossing, unique, and page-turning, Caul Baby illuminates the search for familial connection, the enduring power of tradition, and the dark corners of the human heart.

Title:Caul Baby
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780062873088
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    Caul Baby Reviews

  • BookOfCinz

    I can see this being a favorite for a lot of people come 2021! I love a book with a solid premise and Caul Baby explores a topic I have never read about. A caul birth is when the baby comes out at...

  • The Artisan Geek

    27/11/19A story about 'indestructible and psychic black women born with a caul'. I have no idea what this means, but you had me at 'psychic black women' so I'm reading it.You can find me onYoutube | I...

  • Oyinda

    My 100th read of 2021!!!4.5 ✨ And I am so glad I picked this book to be book 100! It's so awesome and it's got a lot of elements I just love! Black women, black women's magic, women's fiction, mothe...

  • Elon Green

    This is one of the best novels I've read in years. It manages to be simultaneously about New York, gentrification, the exploitation of Black women, and generational trauma. If that sounds like a diffi...

  • Daniel Shindler

    A caul is the amniotic membrane that encloses a gestating fetus. In an extremely rare number of births, the caul still encloses the newly born baby. In many cultures and folklore, a baby born with a c...

  • Richelle Robinson

    4/ 1-2 stars Solid debut by Morgan Jerkins. I’m shocked this is a debut novel. I feel like any review I will give away the storyline and I don’t want to be that person. I would have liked more clo...

  • Charlie

    DNF. I will keep the 'did not finish' book nearby for another attempt at reading this difficult novel. Difficult for me because I just couldn't get into it. It's not the author --- it's me. I'll try a...

  • VL

    This is Morgan Jerkins's first fiction book and wow what a fantastic one. Highly recommend....

  • Brandice

    Caul Baby just came out this week and is a story loaded with secrets. The Melancons are a well-known Black family in Harlem with a gift — a caul, an extra layer of skin protecting them from harm. To...

  • Amaka

    Loved every minute of this story! ...