In a literary market crowded with Fast Food, Winfred Cook's debut novel Uncle Otto is like literary Soul Food. Cook distinctively writes with a very fresh, strong and unique voice that is reminiscent of Ernest Gaines, and Jamaica Kincaid. Uncle Otto is a very brave undertaking whose path even seasoned writers may have been reluctant to journey.

Cook's Uncle Otto is a throwback to the southern quilt makers of yesteryears. From chapter one, page one, Cook brilliantly and effortlessly sews the pieces of an African American family together, ultimately unveiling a master heirloom in the form of the unforgettable story of Uncle Otto. Uncle Otto is a rare gem which tells the story of the conviction and strength of the African American family and patriarch, which are far too often overlooked in the literary community. BRAVO!!!!

Tezira Nnabongo, PhD Attorney, Hollywood, California

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