Fiction by Authors of Color

Updated December 13, 2023
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Rogue justice : a thriller
Abrams, Stacey
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * The #1 bestselling author of While Justice Sleeps returns with another riveting and intricately plotted thriller, in which a blackmailed federal judge, a secret court and a brazen murder may lead to an unprecedented national crisis. ...
Children of blood and bone
Adeyemi, Tomi
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy Children of Blood and Bone, the first in the #1 New York Times-bestselling Legacy of Orïsha series. 'A hugely enjoyable escapist story that makes you re-examine the...
The wind knows my name a novel
Allende, Isabel
NATIONAL BESTSELLER * "The lives of a Jewish boy escaping Nazi-occupied Europe and a mother and daughter fleeing twenty-first-century El Salvador intersect in this ambitious, intricate novel about war and immigration" (People), from the author of A Long Petal of the Sea and...
Firekeeper's daughter
Boulley, Angeline
A PRINTZ MEDAL WINNER! A MORRIS AWARD WINNER! AN AMERICAN INDIAN YOUTH LITERATURE AWARD YA HONOR BOOK! A REESE WITHERSPOON x HELLO SUNSHINE BOOK CLUB YA PICK An Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller Soon to be adapted at Netflix...
House of Cotton
Brashears, Monica.
NPR BEST BOOK OF 2023 * An enchanting Black Southern gothic debut, perfect for readers of Mexican Gothic... "Fresh, haunting...In her roller-coaster ride of a gothic debut novel, Monica Brashears upends expectations at every turn." --The New York Times ...
Black candle women
Brown, Diane Marie
'[An] evocative and tender book . . . everyone who reads it will be enchanted like I was' ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ reader reviewA Read with Jenna Book Club Pick as Seen on the Today Show and named a Best Book of the Month by: Shondaland, MS. Magazine, TODAY.com, Reader...
The haunting of Alejandra
Castro, V.
A woman is haunted by the Mexican folk demon La Llorona in this ravishing and provocative literary horror novel about motherhood, family legacy, and self-discovery. Alejandra no longer knows who she is. To her husband she is a wife, and...
The water dancer
Coates, Ta-Nehisi
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * OPRAH'S BOOK CLUB PICK * From the National Book Award-winning author of Between the World and Me, a boldly conjured debut novel about a magical gift, a devastating loss, and an underground war for freedom. "This potent book about America's...
Kiss the girl
Córdova, Zoraida
"Kiss the Girl is sheer delight. It's full of joy and love and self discovery, and I smiled the whole time I read it. Zoraida Córdova wrote the rock star/pop princess romance of my dreams!" --Jasmine Guillory, New York Times best-selling author A modern tale of...
Lies and other love languages : a novel
Dev, Sonali
From the bestselling author of The Vibrant Years comes an emotional story of three women navigating ugly truths and safe lies with only love to guide them on a journey of motherhood, friendship, and life. Bestselling advice columnist Vandy Guru built her career teaching...
The marrow thieves
Dimaline, Cherie
Winner of the 2017 Governor General's Literary Award (Young People's Literature - Text) Winner of the 2017 Kirkus Prize Winner of the 2018 Sunburst Award Winner of the 2018 Amy Mathers Teen Book Award Winner of the 2018 Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Young...
The sentence
Erdrich, Louise
Maame
George, Jessica
" Maame (ma-meh) has many meanings in Twi but in my case, it means woman. It's fair to say that Maddie's life in London is far from rewarding. With a mother who spends most of her time in Ghana (yet still somehow manages to be overbearing), Maddie...
While we were dating
Guillory, Jasmine
An instant New York Times bestseller! One of TIME Magazine's 100 Must-Reads of 2021! Two people realize that it's no longer an act when they veer off-script in this sizzling romantic comedy by New York Times bestselling author Jasmine Guillory....
Transcendent Kingdom
Gyasi, Yaa.
As a child Gifty would ask her parents to tell the story of their journey from Ghana to Alabama, seeking escape in myths of heroism and romance. When her father and brother succumb to the hard reality of immigrant life in the American South, their family of four becomes two - and the life Gifty...
The other Black girl
Harris, Zakiya Dalila
Now a Hulu Original Series INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A Good Morning America 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...
Highly suspicious and unfairly cute
Hibbert, Talia
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! From the bestselling author of the Brown Sisters trilogy, comes a laugh-out-loud YA novel about a quirky content creator and a clean-cut athlete testing their abilities to survive the great outdoors - and each other. ...
The removed : a novel
Hobson, Brandon
"A haunted work, full of voices old and new. It is about a family's reckoning with loss and injustice, and it is about a people trying for the same. The journey of this family's way home is full--in equal measure--of melancholy and love." --Tommy Orange, author of There There A RECOMMENDED...
What the river knows
Ibañez, Isabel (Novelist)
A divine exploration. A deadly secret. A desire she can't escape. 'Expertly plotted, explosively adventurous, and burning with romance' STEPHANIE GARBER The Mummy meets Death on the Nile in this lush, immersive historical fantasy set in...
Accidentally in love
Jackson, Danielle
As office manager of the city's leading luxury boudoir and pinup photography studio, lovable grump Samantha Sawyer has everything under control. With an eventful summer season on the horizon, Sam is balancing an insane workload while preparing the Buxom Boudoir 'Photobus,' a vintage coach bus...
Much ado about Nada
Jalaluddin, Uzma
A sparkling second-chance romance inspired by Jane Austen's Persuasion...   Nada Syed is stuck. On the cusp of thirty, she's still living at home with her brothers and parents in the Golden Crescent neighbourhood of Toronto, resolutely ignoring her mother's unsubtle...
Black leopard, red wolf
James, Marlon
One of TIME's 100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time Winner of the L.A. Times Ray Bradbury Prize  Finalist for the 2019 National Book Award The New York Times Bestseller Named a Best Book of 2019 by The Wall Street...
The fifth season
Jemisin, N. K.
At the end of the world, a woman must hide her secret power and find her kidnapped daughter in this "intricate and extraordinary" Hugo Award winning novel of power, oppression, and revolution. (The New York Times) This is the way the world ends. . .for the last time. ...
An American marriage : a novel
Jones, Tayari.
THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! OPRAH'S BOOK CLUB 2018 SELECTION LONGLISTED FOR THE 2018 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION "One of my favorite parts of summer is deciding what to read when things slow down just a bit, whether it's on a...
Deep Sky
Kitasei, Yume.
Yume Kitasei's The Deep Sky is an enthralling sci fi thriller debut about a mission into deep space that begins with a lethal explosion that leaves the survivors questioning the loyalty of the crew. They left Earth to save humanity. They'll have to save themselves...
Yellowface
Kuang, R. F.
The No. 1 Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller from literary sensation R.F. Kuang *A Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick* *Shortlisted for Waterstones Book of the Year* 'Propulsive' SUNDAY TIMES 'Razor...
The Leftover Woman
Kwok, Jean.
Recommended by The New York Times * Elle * Good Morning America * TIME * People * New York Post * Real Simple * Goodreads * LibraryReads * and many more!  An evocative family drama and a riveting mystery about the ferocious pull of motherhood for two very different...
Jasmine and Jake rock the boat
Lalli, Sonya
Jasmine Randhawa likes everyone to think she has it all - great job, perfect Seattle apartment, and a handsome boyfriend. But she's not as confident or successful as she seems, and her relationship is at a breaking point.  When Jasmine finds herself single and tagging along on her parents'...
After hours on Milagro Street
Lopez, Angelina M.
A WASHINGTON POST BEST ROMANCE OF 2022 A FATED MATES BEST ROMANCE OF 2022 AN ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY BEST ROMANCE OF 2022 Guapo pobrecito, her grandmother calls him. The "poor handsome man." Professor Jeremiah...
It's not all downhill from here : a novel
McMillan, Terry
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 life--from Terry McMillan, the bestselling author of How Stella Got Her Groove Back and...
Sisters of the lost nation
Medina, Nick
Anna Horn is always looking over her shoulder. For the bullies who torment her, for the entitled visitors at the reservation's casino and for the nameless, disembodied entity that stalks her every step - an ancient tribal myth come to life, one that's intent on devouring her whole. With strange and...
The daughter of Doctor Moreau a novel
Moreno-Garcia, Silvia
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * From the bestselling author of Mexican Gothic and Velvet Was the Night comes a lavish historical drama reimagining of The Island of Doctor Moreau set against the backdrop of nineteenth-century Mexico. "This is...
Mexican gothic
Moreno-Garcia, Silvia
'You don't read this book so much as surrender to it. A dark and heady swoon' - Guardian He is trying to poison me. You must come for me, Noemí. You have to save me. When glamorous socialite Noemí Taboada receives a frantic letter from her newlywed cousin...
Velvet was the night
Moreno-Garcia, Silvia
1970s Mexico City: while student protests and political unrest consume the city, Maite seeks escape from her humdrum life in the stories of passion and danger filling the latest issue of Secret Romance. She is deeply envious of her neighbour, a beautiful art student apparently living the life...
Take my hand
Perkins-Valdez, Dolen
'Shot through with spirit and hope, it's one hell of a book' Stylist, Books You Can't Miss in 2022A nurse at the Family Planning Clinic in Montgomery Alabama, Civil Townsend is passionate about putting choice into women's hands. She brings the option of birth control to their doorsteps...
Liliana's invincible summer
Rivera Garza, Cristina
A 2023 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALISTA NEW YORK TIMES, WASHINGTON POST, TIME AND NEW YORKER BOOK OF THE YEAR'Meticulously written and deeply moving . . . A triumph' JACKIE KAY'Absorbing and poetic' ECONOMIST'Full of tenderness and beauty' MARIANA...
Black sun : a novel
Roanhorse, Rebecca
NOMINATED FOR THE 2021 HUGO AWARDS AND THE 2020 NEBULA AWARDS FOR BEST NOVEL From the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Resistance Reborn comes the first book in the Between Earth and Sky trilogy, inspired by the civilizations of the Pre-Columbian...
Lady Tan's circle of women
See, Lisa
*NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!* From "one of those special writers capable of delivering both poetry and plot" (The New York Times Book Review) an immersive historical novel inspired by the true story of a woman physician in 15th-century China--perfect for fans of...
Tastes like shakkar : a novel
Sharma, Nisha
In the hilarious follow-up to the breakout rom-com Dating Dr. Dil, Nisha Sharma adds shakkar and mirch to Shakespeare's iconic comedy Much Ado About Nothing for one sweet and spicy love story. Bobbi Kaur is determined to plan a celebration to remember for her best friend's...
The bandit queens
Shroff, Parini
A sharply observed tragicomedy set in rural India revolving around an isolated woman falsely accused of killing her vanished husband, who becomes sought after to help other aspiring widows - perfect for readers of Love After Love, My Sister the Serial Killer and How to Kidnap the Rich.
Hearts unbroken
Smith, Cynthia Leitich
Winner of an American Indian Youth Literature Award New York Times best-selling author Cynthia Leitich Smith turns to realistic fiction with the thoughtful story of a Native teen navigating the complicated, confusing waters of high school -- and first love. ...
The fraud : a novel
Smith, Zadie
Kilburn, 1873. The 'Tichborne Trial' has captivated the widowed Scottish housekeeper Mrs Eliza Touchet and all of England. Readers are at odds over whether the defendant is who he claims to be - or an imposter. Mrs Touchet is a woman of many interests- literature, justice, abolitionism,...
Fancy meeting you here : a novel
Tieu, Julie
"For the rom-com fans, you can never go wrong with a Julie Tieu book."    -- Buzzfeed  Opposites attract when an always-the-bridesmaid florist and a grumpy caterer mix business with pleasure in this swoony romantic comedy in the vein of 27 Dresses from Julie Tieu...
Let us descend
Ward, Jesmyn
* AN OPRAH'S BOOK CLUB PICK *'A spectacular achievement' ANTHONY DOERR'Extravagantly beautiful' DAILY MAIL'One of the greatest writers of all time' JACQUELINE WOODSON'Extraordinary' GUARDIAN'The best book I've read in years' LOUISE...
Winter counts
Weide, David Heska Wanbli
Harlem shuffle
Whitehead, Colson
'Ray Carney was only slightly bent when it came to being crooked...'To his customers and neighbors on 125th street, Carney is an upstanding salesman of reasonably-priced furniture, making a life for himself and his family. He and his wife Elizabeth are expecting their second child, and if her...
Black cake
Wilkerson, Charmaine
Crossing continents and juggling lives, Black Cake is a powerful story of love and loss, kinship and separation, heartache and hope, spanning sixty years in the life of one family THE INSTANT NO. 2 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER **Featured on Barack...
Red at the bone
Woodson, Jacqueline.
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR "A spectacular novel that only this legend can pull off." -Ibram X. Kendi, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of  HOW TO BE AN...

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