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
An Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller A TIME Top 100 Fantasy Books of All Time A New York Times Notable Children's BookA Kirkus Prize Finalist With five starred reviews, Tomi Adeyemi's West African-inspired fantasy debut, and...
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...
To shape a dragon's breath
Blackgoose, Moniquill
NATIONAL BESTSELLER . "My favorite book of the year . . . a coming-of-age story that is cozy and hair-raising in equal measure."-Charlie Jane Anders, The Washington Post "I tore through it, caught up in an enthusiasm for dragons that I hadn't experienced since I was a teenager...
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 : a novel
Brown, Diane Marie
A Read with Jenna Book Club Pick as Seen on the Today Show "If you like Practical Magic... you will love Black Candle Women." --Jenna Bush Hager Named a Best Book of the Month by: Shondaland, MS. Magazine, TODAY.com, Reader's Digest,...
The haunting of Alejandra : a novel
Castro, V.
A woman is haunted by the Mexican folk demon La Llorona in this "utterly terrifying and wholly immersive . . . story about generational trauma, colonization, systemic oppression, and the horror at the heart of motherhood" (Library Journal, starred review). "Castro is...
The water dancer : a novel
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
Cordova, 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
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 : a novel
Erdrich, Louise
"Dazzling. . . . A hard-won love letter to readers and to booksellers, as well as a compelling story about how we cope with pain and fear, injustice and illness. One good way is to press a beloved book into another's hands. Read The Sentence and then do just that."--USA Today, Four Stars ...
Rana Joon and the one & only now
Etaat, Shideh
"A breath of fresh air and punch to the gut all rolled into one." --Adib Khorram, award-winning author of Darius the Great Is Not Okay This "lyrical" (Kirkus Reviews) coming-of-age novel for fans of Darius the Great Is Not Okay and On the Come Up,...
Maame
George, Jessica
AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! * A Today Show #ReadWithJenna Book Club Pick * A February 2023 Indie Next Pick "Sparkling." --The New York Times "An utterly charming and deeply moving portrait of the joys<...
Immortal longings
Gong, Chloe
A NEW YORK TIMES AND USA TODAY BESTSELLER Chloe Gong's adult epic fantasy debut, inspired by Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra, is a "smart, imaginative, and brutal" (Wesley Chu, New York Times bestselling author of The War Arts Saga) collision of...
While we were dating
Guillory, Jasmine
Ben Stephens has never bothered with serious relationships. He has plenty of casual dates to keep him busy, family drama he's trying to ignore, and his advertising job to focus on. When Ben lands a huge ad campaign featuring movie star Anna Gardiner, however, it's hard to keep it purely professional...
Transcendent kingdom
Gyasi, Yaa
NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER * A TODAY SHOW #ReadWithJenna BOOK CLUB PICK! * Finalist for the WOMEN'S PRIZE Yaa Gyasi's stunning follow-up to her acclaimed national best seller Homegoing is a powerful, raw, intimate, deeply layered novel about a Ghanaian family in Alabama...
The other black girl : a novel
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...
Children of the land
Hernandez Castillo, Marcelo
An NPR Best Book of the Year A 2020 International Latino Book Award Finalist An Entertainment Weekly, The Millions, and LitHub Most Anticipated Book of the Year  This unforgettable memoir from a prize-winning poet about growing up undocumented in the United States...
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 story about a quirky content creator and a clean-cut athlete testing their abilities to survive the great outdoors--and each other. Bradley Graeme is...
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...
Summer on Sag Harbor : a novel
Hostin, Sunny
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The View cohost and three-time Emmy Award winner Sunny Hostin spirits readers away to the warm beaches of Sag Harbor in the second novel of her bestselling Summer series. Olivia Jones, hard-working and accomplished, has, against the odds, blazed an...
What the river knows : a novel
Iba?z, Isabel (Novelist)
The Mummy meets Death on the Nile in What the River Knows, Isabel Ibañez's lush, immersive historical fantasy set in Egypt and filled with adventure, a rivals-to-lovers romance, and a dangerous race. Bolivian-Argentinian Inez Olivera...
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. ...
The peach seed
Jones, Anita Gail
Fletcher Dukes and Altovise Benson reunite after decades apart--and a mountain of secrets--in this debut exploring the repercussions of a single choice and how an enduring talisman challenges and holds a family together. On a routine trip to the Piggly...
The only good Indians : a novel
Jones, Stephen Graham
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER From USA TODAY bestselling author Stephen Graham Jones comes a "masterpiece" (Locus Magazine) of a novel about revenge, cultural identity, and the cost of breaking from tradition....
An American marriage
Jones, Tayari
A New York Times BestsellerA New York Times and Washington Post Notable BookA Best of the Year Selection of NPR, Time, and O, The Oprah MagazineAn Oprah's Book Club SelectionLonglisted for the National Book Award for FictionNewlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream...
The 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 : a novel
Kuang, R. F.
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * A REESE'S BOOK CLUB PICK "Hard to put down, harder to forget." -- Stephen King, #1 New York Times bestselling author White lies. Dark humor. Deadly consequences... Bestselling sensation Juniper Song is not who she says she...
The leftover woman : a novel
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'...
Blood sisters
Lillie, Vanessa
A visceral and compelling mystery about a Cherokee archeologist for the Bureau of Indian Affairs who is summoned to rural Oklahoma to investigate the disappearance of two women...one of them her sister. There are secrets in the land. As an archeologist for the...
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
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * "It's Lovecraft meets the Brontës in Latin America, and after a slow-burn start Mexican Gothic gets seriously weird."--The Guardian   ONE OF TIME'S 100 BEST MYSTERY AND THRILLER BOOKS OF ALL TIME * WINNER OF THE LOCUS...
Signal to Noise
Moreno-Garcia, Silvia
Mexico City, 1988: Long before iTunes or MP3s, you said "I love you" with a mixtape. Meche, awkward and fifteen, has two equally unhip friends - Sebastian and Daniela - and a whole lot of vinyl records to keep her company. When she discovers how to cast spells using music, the future looks...
Velvet was the night
Moreno-Garcia, Silvia
GOOD MORNING AMERICA BUZZ PICK * From the New York Times bestselling author of Mexican Gothic comes a simmering historical noir about a daydreaming secretary, a lonesome enforcer, and the mystery of the missing woman they're both desperate to find. ONE OF...
Wade in the water : a novel
Nkrumah, Nyaneba
"An impressive debut. Emotionally honest with lyricism and charm to spare, Nyani Nkrumah's Wade in the Water depicts in riveting detail a racially charged Mississippi town, the secrets it holds, and the precious heart and soul of a young girl deserving love."--Diane McKinney-Whetstone, author of...
There there
Orange, Tommy
PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST * NATIONAL BESTSELLER * A wondrous and shattering award-winning novel that follows twelve characters from Native communities: all traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow, all connected to one another in ways they may not yet realize. A contemporary classic, this...
Take my hand
Perkins-Valdez, Dolen
Winner of the 2023 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work - Fiction "Deeply empathetic yet unflinching in its gaze...an unforgettable exploration of responsibility and redemption."--Celeste Ng Inspired by true events that rocked the nation, a...
Partners in crime : a novel
Rai, Alisha
Indian Matchmaking meets Date Night in this fun, romantic adventure by Alisha Rai -- "One of the very brightest romance writers working right now." (Entertainment Weekly) Mira Patel's got a solid accounting career, good friends, and a whole lot of distance between her and her dysfunctional...
Murder on the Red River
Rendon, Marcie R.
A murdered man in a field. The sheriff needs Cash--a twenty-something tough, smart Indian woman with special seeing powers. Cash and Sheriff Wheaton make for a strange partnership. He pulled her from her mother's wrecked car when she was three. He's kept an eye out for her ever since. It's...
Liliana's invincible summer : a sister's search for justice
Rivera Garza, Cristina
NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST * A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK * "A searing account of grief and the quest to bring her sister's murderer to justice years after the fact" (The Boston Globe), from "one of Mexico's greatest living writers" (Jonathan Lethem).   ...
Black sun
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...
The boyfriend project
Rochon, Farrah
A smart and delightful romantic comedy featuring fabulous female friendships and "a great love story." --Jasmine Guillory, bestselling author of Party of Two   Samiah Brooks never thought she would be "that" girl. But a live...
Lady Tan's circle of women : a novel
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 : a novel
Shroff, Parini
NATIONAL BESTSELLER * GOOD MORNING AMERICA BUZZ PICK * A young Indian woman finds the false rumors that she killed her husband surprisingly useful--until other women in the village start asking for her help getting rid of their own husbands--in this razor-sharp debut.
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
Smith, Zadie
The New York Times bestseller * One of the New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year * One of NPR's Best Books of the Year * Named a Best Book of the Year by Publishers Weekly and BookPage * One of Oprah Daily's Best Novels of 2023 "[A] brilliant...
This Town Sleeps A Novel
Staples, Dennis E.
A "tender, suspenseful, irresistible first novel" that explores Indigenous legend, queer relationship, and the power of landscape and lineage to shape our lives (Louise Erdrich, author of The Round House). An unsolved murder becomes the fixation of an Indigenous...
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 : a novel
Ward, Jesmyn
OPRAH'S BOOK CLUB PICK * Instant New York Times Bestseller * Named one of the best books of 2023 by The Washington Post, Vanity Fair, The Boston Globe, Time, The New Yorker, and more. "Nothing short of epic,...
Winter counts : a novel
Weiden, David Heska Wanbli
ANTHONY AWARD WINNER FOR BEST FIRST NOVEL THRILLER AWARD WINNER FOR BEST FIRST NOVEL EDGAR AWARD NOMINEE FOR BEST FIRST NOVEL "Winter Counts is a marvel. It's a thriller with a beating heart and jagged teeth."  --Tommy Orange, author of There There ...
Harlem shuffle
Whitehead, Colson
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * From the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Underground Railroad and The Nickel Boys, this gloriously entertaining novel is "fast-paced, keen-eyed and very funny ... about race, power and the history of Harlem all disguised as a thrill...
Black cake : a novel
Wilkerson, Charmaine
NOW A HULU STREAMING SERIES * NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * READ WITH JENNA BOOK CLUB PICK AS FEATURED ON TODAY * Two estranged siblings delve into their mother's hidden past--and how it all connects to her traditional Caribbean black cake--in this immersive family saga, "a...
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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