February is Black History Month, so the Reader Services department created a list of recently published African American fiction that we are loving — and we think you will, too. Here is a sampling of some of the books on the list which includes general fiction, mystery, fantasy and romance. Definitely something for every reader!
Alyssa Cole’s An Extraordinary Union is a romance set in the Civil War that centers on a young Black woman and freewoman, Elle Burns, who goes undercover as a pro-Union Loyalty League spy. Things get complicated for Elle when she falls for another spy of a different race. Library Journal said: “Courageous, passionate protagonists fight for justice, freedom, and the right to love in an exceptional story that both educates and entertains and beautifully launches a unique series.”
Naima Coster’s debut Halsey Street looks at how gentrification impacts one family in Brooklyn, New York. Kirkus called it “Absorbing and alive, the kind of novel that swallows you whole.”
The first in the Detective by Day series, Kellye Garrett’s Hollywood Homicide features Dayne, a struggling actress who finds herself entangled as a witness in the aftermath of a deadly hit-and-run. Library Journal said: “TV writer Garrett (Cold Case) makes a smart, sassy debut, introducing an appealing protagonist with amusing friends who deliver one-liners and toss back drinks while solving the case.”
Tayari Jones’ An American Marriage was just anointed as the latest Oprah Book Club pick, but had been garnering buzz well beforehand. Celestial and Roy are married, successful in their careers and seem to have it all, but all that they have achieved is derailed when Roy is accused of a crime he did not commit. BookList said: “(Silver Sparrow, 2011) crafts an affecting tale that explores marriage , family, regret, and other feelings made all the more resonant by her well-drawn characters and their intricate conflicts of heart and mind.” You’ll find this one in our Peak Picks display this at all of our locations this month.
A Taste of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson is a rich Afrofuturism tale of the son of the Master of the Beasts who falls for another man, a love forbidden in his culture. BookList said: “A vivid and deeply satisfying romance set against a fascinating backdrop, A Taste of Honey will especially appeal to fans of speculative fiction from authors like Lois McMaster Bujold and N. K. Jemisin and will leave most readers agitating for more from the talented Wilson.”
Check out more of the African American fiction list here.
~ Posted by Misha S.