The Seasons of Beento Blackbird marks the debut of Akosua Busia, an exciting and passionate 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.
Akosua Gyamama Busia (born 30 December 1966) is a Ghanaian actress, film director, author and songwriter who lives in the United Kingdom. She is best known for her role as Nettie Harris in the 1985 film The Color Purple alongside Whoopi Goldberg.