Best African American Women's Fiction Books
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1. The Other Black Girl: A Novel
Author: by Zakiya Dalila Harris
Atria Books (June 1, 2021)
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A Good Morning America, Esquire, and Read with Marie Claire Book Club Pick and a People Best Book of Summer Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2021 by Time, The Washington Post, Harper’s Bazaar, Entertainment Weekly, Marie Claire, Bustle, BuzzFeed, Parade, Goodreads, Fortune, and BBC Urgent, propulsive, and sharp as a knife, The Other Black Girl is an electric debut about the tension that unfurls when two young Black women meet against the starkly white backdrop of New York City book publishing.
Twenty-six-year-old editorial assistant Nella Rogers is tired of being the only Black employee at Wagner Books. Fed up with the isolation and microaggressions, she’s thrilled when Harlem-born and bred Hazel starts working in the cubicle beside hers. They’ve only just started comparing natural hair care regimens, though, when a string of uncomfortable events elevates Hazel to Office Darling, and Nella is left in the dust.
Then the notes begin to appear on Nella’s desk: LEAVE WAGNER.NOW. It’s hard to believe Hazel is behind these hostile messages. But as Nella starts to spiral and obsess over the sinister forces at play, she soon realizes that there’s a lot more at stake than just her career.
2. Seven Days in June
Author: by Tia Williams
A REESE WITHERSPOON BOOK CLUB PICK! AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERNamed A Best Book by USA Today Harper’s Bazaar Oprah Daily PopSugar Shondaland The Los Angeles Times Bustle Good Housekeeping PureWow CBS News People BuzzFeed Reader’s Digest Named A Most Anticipated Book of 2021 by CNN Essence Travel + Leisure She Reads Women.
Com Scary MommySeven days to fall in love, fifteen years to forget, and seven days to get it all back again… Eva Mercy is a single mom and bestselling erotica writer who is feeling pressed from all sides. Shane Hall is a reclusive, enigmatic, awardwinning novelist, who, to everyone’s surprise, shows up in New York.
When Shane and Eva meet unexpectedly at a literary event, sparks fly, raising not only their buried traumas, but the eyebrows of the Black literati. What no one knows is that fifteen years earlier, teenage Eva and Shane spent one crazy, torrid week madly in love.
While they may be pretending not to know each other, they can’t deny their chemistryor the fact that they’ve been secretly writing to each other in their books through the years. Over the next seven days, amidst a steamy Brooklyn summer, Eva and Shane reconnectbut Eva’s wary of the man who broke her heart, and wants him out of the city so her life can return to normal.
3. It Was All A DREAM
Author: by Keisha Ervin
July 3, 2021
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4. Summer on the Bluffs: A Novel (Oak Bluffs, 1)
Author: by Sunny Hostin
New York Times Bestseller! Emmy Award winner, renowned lawyer and journalist, The View cohost, and New York Times bestselling author Sunny Hostin dazzles with this brilliant novel about a life-changing summer along the beaches of Martha’s Vineyard. Welcome to Oak Bluffs, the most exclusive black beach community in the country.
Known for its gingerbread Victorian-style houses and modern architectural marvels, this picturesque town hugging the sea is a mecca for the crme de la crme of black societywhere Michelle and Barack Obama vacation and Meghan Markle has shopped for a house for her mom.
Black people have lived in this pretty slip of the Vineyard since the 1600s and began buying property in the 1800s, making this posh town the embodiment of old money. Thirty years ago, Amelia Vaux Tanner and her husband built a house high on the bluffs, a cottage they named Chateau Laveau.
For decades, Ama played host to American presidents, Wall Street titans, and cultural icons. But her favorite guests have always been her three goddaughters: Esperanza Perry Soto, a beautiful, talented Afro-Latina lawyer with Ama’s strong, yet guarded personality; Olivia Jones, a gifted Wall Street analyst with Ama’s brilliant, logical mind; and Billie Hayden, a gifted marine biologist and rule-breaker with Ama’s courageous free spirit.
Author: by Octavia E. Butler
A Good Morning America 2021 Top Summer Read PickThe visionary author’s masterpiece pulls usalong with her Black female herothrough time to face the horrors of slavery and explore the impacts of racism, sexism, and white supremacy then and now. Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South.
Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned to save him. Dana is drawn back repeatedly through time to the slave quarters, and each time the stay grows longer, more arduous, and more dangerous until it is uncertain whether or not Dana’s life will end, long before it has a chance to begin.
6. Life After Death: A Novel
Author: by Sister Souljah
Atria/Emily Bestler Books
Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller Instant USA TODAY Bestseller The long-anticipated sequel to Sister Souljah’s million copy New York Times bestseller The Coldest Winter Ever. Winter Santiaga hit time served. Still stunning, still pretty, still bold, still loves her father more than any man in the world, still got her hustle and high fashion flow.
She’s eager to pay back her enemies, rebuild her father’s empire, reset his crown, and ultimately to snatch Midnight back into her life no matter which bitch had him while she was locked up. But Winter is not the only one with revenge on her mind.
Simone, Winter’s young business partner and friend, is locked and loaded and Winter is her target. Will she blow Winter’s head off? Can Winter dodge the bullets? Or will at least one bullet blast Winter into another world? Either way Winter is fearless.
Hell is the same as any hood and certainly the Brooklyn hood she grew up in. That’s what Winter thinks. A heartwarming, heart-burning, passionate, sexual, comical, and completely original adventure is about to happen in real timeraw, shocking, soulful, and shameless.
7. Parable of the Sower (Parable, 1)
Author: by Octavia E. Butler
Grand Central Publishing
This acclaimed post-apocalyptic novel of hope and terror from an award-winning author “pairs well with 1984 or The Handmaid’s Tale” and includes a foreword by N.K. Jemisin (John Green, New York Times). When global climate change and economic crises lead to social chaos in the early 2020s, California becomes full of dangers, from pervasive water shortage to masses of vagabonds who will do anything to live to see another day.
Fifteen-year-old Lauren Olamina lives inside a gated community with her preacher father, family, and neighbors, sheltered from the surrounding anarchy. In a society where any vulnerability is a risk, she suffers from hyperempathy, a debilitating sensitivity to others’ emotions. Precocious and clear-eyed, Lauren must make her voice heard in order to protect her loved ones from the imminent disasters her small community stubbornly ignores.
But what begins as a fight for survival soon leads to something much more: the birth of a new faith … And a startling vision of human destiny.
8. The Coldest Winter Ever: A Novel
Author: by Sister Souljah
Atria/Emily Bestler Books
A New York Times Bestseller A USA TODAY Bestseller Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read 50 Most Impactful Black Books Of The Last 50 Years Essence Renowned hip-hop artist, political activist, and bestselling author of Life After Death brings the streets of New York to life in a powerful and utterly unforgettable first novel.
I came busting into the world during one of New York’s worst snowstorms, so my mother named me Winter. Ghetto-born, Winter is the young, wealthy daughter of a prominent Brooklyn drug-dealing family. Quick-witted, sexy, and business-minded, she knows and loves the streets like the curves of her own body.
But when a cold Winter wind blows her life in a direction she doesn’t want to go, her street smarts and seductive skills are put to the test of a lifetime. Unwilling to lose, this ghetto girl will do anything to stay on top.
Featuring a Special Collector’s Edition Reader’s Guideincluding an author Q&A, detailed character analyses, and the author’s own remarks about the meaning of her story.
9. Greed and Gluttony: Seven Deadly Sins Saga: The Finale
Author: by Jade Royal
July 5, 2021
Named One of the Most-Anticipated Books of 2021 by:O, The Oprah Magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time, The Millions, Refinery29, Publishers Lunch, BuzzFeed, The Rumpus, BookPage, Harper’s Bazaar, Ms., Goodreads, and more An elegantly layered, beautifully rendered tour de force that is not to be missed.
Roxane Gay, author of Hunger Libertie is a feat of monumental thematic imagination. Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, The New York Times Book ReviewThis is one of the most thoughtful and amazingly beautiful books I’ve read all year. Kaitlyn Greenidge is a master storyteller.
Jacqueline Woodson, author of Red at the Bone The critically acclaimed and Whiting Awardwinning author of We Love You, Charlie Freeman returns with Libertie, an unforgettable story about one young Black girl’s attempt to find a place where she can be fully, and only, herself.
Coming of age in a free Black community in Reconstruction-era Brooklyn, Libertie Sampson is all too aware that her purposeful mother, a practicing physician, has a vision for their future together: Libertie is to go to medical school and practice alongside her.
11. Such a Fun Age
Author: by Kiley Reid
A Best Book of the Year: The Washington Post Chicago Tribune NPR Vogue Elle Real Simple InStyle Good Housekeeping Parade Slate Vox Kirkus Reviews Library Journal BookPage Longlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize An Instant New York Times BestsellerA Reese’s Book Club Pick “The most provocative page-turner of the year.” -Entertainment Weekly “I urge you to read Such a Fun Age.” -NPR A striking and surprising debut novel from an exhilarating new voice, Such a Fun Age is a page-turning and big-hearted story about race and privilege, set around a young black babysitter, her well-intentioned employer, and a surprising connection that threatens to undo them both.
Alix Chamberlain is a woman who gets what she wants and has made a living, with her confidence-driven brand, showing other women how to do the same. So she is shocked when her babysitter, Emira Tucker, is confronted while watching the Chamberlains’ toddler one night, walking the aisles of their local high-end supermarket.
12. It's Not All Downhill From Here: A Novel
Author: by Terry McMillan
March 31, 2020
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER After a sudden change of plans, a remarkable woman and her loyal group of friends try to figure out what she’s going to do with the rest of her lifefrom Terry McMillan, the bestselling author of How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Waiting to Exhale NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY MARIE CLAIRE AND GOOD HOUSEKEEPING Poignant, funny and full of life, this is a balm for troubled times.
People Loretha Curry’s life is full. A little crowded sometimes, but full indeed. On the eve of her sixty-eighth birthday, she has a booming beauty-supply empire, a gaggle of lifelong friends, and a husband whose moves still surprise. True, she’s carrying a few more pounds than she should be, but Loretha is not one of those women who think her best days are behind herand she’s determined to prove wrong her mother, her twin sister, and everyone else with that outdated view of aging wrong.
It’s not all downhill from here. But when an unexpected loss turns her world upside down, Loretha will have to summon all her strength, resourcefulness, and determination to keep on thriving, pursue joy, heal old wounds, and chart new paths.
13. What's Mine and Yours
Author: by Naima Coster
March 2, 2021
A Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick! An instant New York Times bestseller!”A once-every-few-years reading experience.”Mary Beth Keane, New York Times bestselling author of Ask Again, Yes”Coster portrays her characters’ worlds with startling vitality. As the children fall in lust and love, grapple with angst and battle the tides of New South politics, Coster’s writing shines”New York Times Book ReviewFrom the author of Halsey Street, a sweeping novel of legacy, identity, the American familyand the ways that race affects even our most intimate relationships.
A community in the Piedmont of North Carolina rises in outrage as a county initiative draws students from the largely Black east side of town into predominantly white high schools on the west. For two students, Gee and Noelle, the integration sets off a chain of events that will tie their two families together in unexpected ways over the next twenty years.
On one side of the integration debate is Jade, Gee’s steely, ambitious mother. In the aftermath of a harrowing loss, she is determined to give her son the tools he’ll need to survive in America as a sensitive, anxious, young Black man.
14. The Kindest Lie: A Novel
Author: by Nancy Johnson
February 2, 2021
Named a Most Anticipated book by O Magazine * GMA * Elle * Marie Claire * Good Housekeeping * NBC News * Shondaland * Chicago Tribune * Woman’s Day * Refinery 29 * Bustle * The Millions * New York Post * Parade * Hello! Magazine * PopSugar * and more! The Kindest Lie is a deep dive into how we define family, what it means to be a mother, and what it means to grow up Black…
Beautifully crafted. JODI PICOULT”A fantastic story… Well-written, timely, and oh-so-memorable.”Good Morning AmericaThe Kindest Lie is a layered, complex exploration of race and class.” The Washington PostA promise could betray you. It’s 2008, and the inauguration of President Barack Obama ushers in a new kind of hope.
In Chicago, Ruth Tuttle, an Ivy-League educated Black engineer, is married to a kind and successful man. He’s eager to start a family, but Ruth is uncertain. She has never gotten over the baby she gave birth toand was forced to leave behindwhen she was a teenager.
She had promised her family she’d never look back, but Ruth knows that to move forward, she must make peace with the past. Returning home, Ruth discovers the Indiana factory town of her youth is plagued by unemployment, racism, and despair.
15. The Secret Lives of Church Ladies
Author: by Deesha Philyaw
FINALIST for the 2020 National Book Award for Fiction* *WINNER of the 2021 PEN/Faulkner Award* *WINNER of the 2020 Story Prize*WINNER of the 2020 L.A. Times Book Prize, Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction*Tender, fierce, proudly black and beautiful, these stories will sneak inside you and take root.
Kirkus Reviews (starred review) Triumphant. Publishers WeeklyCheeky, insightful, and irresistible. Ms. MagazineThis collection marks the emergence of a bona fide literary treasure. Minneapolis Star Tribune Full of lived-in humanity, warmth, and compassion. Pittsburgh CurrentThese are stories about Black women that haven’t been told with this level of depth, wit, or insight before, so it will not shock me if Oprah gets around to selecting it before the end of the year.
Pittsburgh Post-GazetteThe Secret Lives of Church Ladies explores the raw and tender places where Black women and girls dare to follow their desires and pursue a momentary reprieve from being good. The nine stories in this collection feature four generations of characters grappling with who they want to be in the world, caught as they are between the church’s double standards and their own needs and passions.