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My Name is Butterfly [Kindle Edition]

Bernice McFadden
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From National Bestselling, critically acclaimed, award winning author comes the story of Abebe “Butterfly” Tsikata.

Abebe experiences plenty of joy in Ghana as the privileged daughter of a government employee and stay at home mother. The love that her parents and extended family lavish her with knows no bounds.

When the Tsikata’s idyllic life style begins to take a turn for the worse, Abebe's father places a nine-year-old Abebe in a shrine, hoping that the sacrifice of his daughter will serve as religious atonement for the crimes of his ancestors. Unspeakable acts befall Abebe for the fifteen years she is enslaved.


When Abebe is finally released back into the world and finds herself not only dealing with the newness of Ghana, but also the fast-paced world of New York, she is broken—emotionally, mentally, physically, sexually, and spiritually. But to live the rest of her years on earth, she must learn to overcome her past, endure familial secrets, and learn to love herself—the good, the bad, and the ugly.

In the tradition of Chris Cleave's Little Bee - My Name Is Butterfly, is a contemporary story that offers an educational, eye opening account into the practice of ritual servitude in West Africa.

Spanning decades and two continents, My Name Is Butterfly will break and heal your heart ….



Bernice L. McFadden is the author of eight critically acclaimed, award-winning bestselling novels; including the classics Sugar, The Warmest December which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in Fiction and was lauded as "Searing and expertly imagined" by Nobel Laureate, Toni Morrison.

Her latest novel is Gathering of Waters is narrated by the town of Money, Mississippi and examines the murder and after life of Emmett Till.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 287 KB
  • Print Length: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Naki Publishing (April 7, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007SGEM3A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,212 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Butteflies Should be Free April 18, 2012
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I have come to expect excellence from Bernice McFadden, from Sugar to Gathering of Waters. My Name is Butterfly lived up to that expectation.
It is so easy to think of Africa as the continent of oil, gold, diamonds, lions, elephants, and other beasts. And with all that we have been told about the continent by those we assume know more than we may, it is also easy to think of the continent as one of famine mass suffering. My Name is Butterfly gives us a story of family. People with concerns and aspirations not foreign to westerners. So when we are introduce to Abebe and her family we find that they are typical of most families, except they are different.

Ms McFadden has successfully woven a story of despair which is not alien to what so many think of 'Africa' except this is a story of individual, a family caught in the battle between beliefs and the consequences of choice.

The book is a steal at the listed price.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars She's done it again! May 14, 2012
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I am grateful that Bernice McFadden has once again shared her gift of storytelling with the world. Once again, she has tackled a taboo topic in a way that is compelling and realistic. After recently reading several articles about the plight of temple slaves, I had a context in which to place the story of Abebe. Because of McFadden's wonderful storytelling, I became quickly engrossed in the tale and felt intense emotion as both the main and supporting characters were consumed by a life that someone else had chosen for them. Remarkably, Bernice McFadden managed to convey a message of hope despite the main character's harrowing experiences. My only hope is that she will keep the stories coming!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great read. December 21, 2013
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What a wonderful storyteller Bernice McFadden is. I have read 4 of her books and will read them all eventually. The story grabs you from the beginning and doesn't loosen it's grip until you get to the last page. It was also crafty how she intertwined history with fiction.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary December 7, 2013
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There are authors who are good at writing, then there authors that are gifted at writing. I have no doubt that McFadden is the latter. She has a knack for educing emotions and possesses an exceptional style of writing; this is why she remains one of my favorite authors.

To think, parents could sacrifice their child, for the sake of good luck is just unimaginable. Before reading this book I was unaware of the practice of ritual servitude actually existed. This was definitely an emotional read and I thank McFadden for shining a light on a subject such as this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! May 6, 2012
By amtl73
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love Bernice McFadden! I picked up this novella when someone told me it was .99 on Amazon and it was very good! It's very short but there is a lot of emotion, history, and love packed into the pages. I started it late Friday night ...fell asleep reading it...and reached for it when I woke up. The story starts in NY and then brings you to Ghana and back to NY for a very satisfying end. Abena is truly a hero.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stellar!! May 3, 2012
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"My Name Is Butterfly" is yet another stellar piece of literary fiction by Bernice L. McFadden. This story tells a story of the horrors of modern child sex slavery against the beautiful back drop of Ghana. The story is so emotionally palpable, it will bring you to tears as it did for me. This story is both gorgeous and tragic and ends triumphantly. Worth a lot more than for which it is being sold. Thank you again, Ms.McFadden for such incredible storytelling.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Frankie December 20, 2013
By Frankie
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Now I can stop crying! We (women) need to know about these things and stop judging others who are different. We all need to share our struggles in order to empower each other.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Name is Butterfly January 25, 2014
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There are certain images that flash through your mind when you think of Africa. My minds photobank of Ghana have been forever altered, yes - I'll still see the beauty and bustle of Accra, but I will also fondly think of Adebe. Her struggle, her peace. This book was stunning. I will NEVER hesitate to read anything by Bernice McFadden in the future.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book!
I really liked this book but it was a sad story. The only thing I don't like in any book is when there is a dream sequence. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Christie C. Mayo
3.0 out of 5 stars Predictable ending
Nice read but ended somewhat predictable and routine. "Butterfly" held my interest for the first half to 3/4 of the book but the ending became routine/predictable.
Published 22 days ago by Lolly
4.0 out of 5 stars The strength to endure. Not all have it!
Love this book. Was rooting for Butterfly from beginning til end. A must read! Sad, wickedly misleading but worth it in the end!
Published 23 days ago by Casonya Smallwood Butler
5.0 out of 5 stars Praises once again for Bernice Mc Fadden
This wonderful book had me captivated from the first line to the last. 's. Ms. Mc Fadden is a literary genius who knows how to tell a wonderful story. Read more
Published 27 days ago by maritza hutchinson
4.0 out of 5 stars My Name Is Butterfly
A bitter sweet story of love, cultural atrocities, and the power of the human spirit. Magnificently written. It's a page turner!
Published 1 month ago by DJ Alexander
2.0 out of 5 stars The writer
The writer could of went into more details such as how did the parents feel about living this life, what happen to the first store? Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A revelation of man's inhumanity to man, to woman.
I learned about the ability of a young girl, become woman, who was able to overcome the cruelties she suffered in her childhood.
Published 1 month ago by irene chaikin
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and Poignant
I could see and feel every word . I could not stop reading . This book should be shared with loved ones, so they know the value of honesty.
Published 2 months ago by Cat Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars I learned so much from reading this book
This book was enlightening. I was filled with so many emotions. It was written in such a way that you felt you knew the characters. Read more
Published 2 months ago by T. Lewis
4.0 out of 5 stars A Human Experience
A good read giving insight into a culture and cultural practices from which most of us are so removed. The ending was pleasant surprise. I usually don't like this type of ending. Read more
Published 3 months ago by gip
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This book proved to be very educational. Once I finished reading I researched Trokosi because I didnt know if it was real or fiction. Upon reading more and realizing that, yes, it is real, my first question is why aren't these children rescued. Why is this allowed and is still ok? What is the... Read more
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