15 fiction books by black authors to fall in love with in 2022


The recent black-authored book bans and resulting black student protests and responses have raised awareness of a national battle against critical race theory. From landmark works like Toni Morrison’s “Beloved” to Margot Lee Shetterly’s “Hidden Figures,” some of the books in question are part of America’s rich literary tradition, and interest in these books is on the rise.

“There is nothing more appealing to a child than a banned book,” author Mikki Kendall told NBC News. “I watch the kids respond by saying, ‘Well, I read the book to see why they were so upset. “”

With that in mind and as Black History Month begins, we’ve compiled some of the most anticipated fiction books by black authors, according to members of Goodreads. With options ranging from well-known to emerging black authors who are out this year or coming out in the coming months, the books we highlight below shed light on different facets of the black experience, including friendship , family and love, as well as past, present and future gentrification, sexuality and racism.

Goodreads members have given the following 15 fiction books high marks – given these positive early reviews, we think you’ll find them entertaining and thought-provoking. We’ve listed the books below in order of release date, starting with the books available now.

Good reads: Average rating of 3.44 stars, over 70 ratings

Set in a dystopia of the 2050s, when the wealthy fled Earth for colonies in space, leaving Earth on the brink of collapse. This collection of vignettes paints a picture of the lives of those who remain, their struggles and their triumphs in the world that remains.

Good reads: Average rating of 4.28 stars, over 120 ratings

It’s the story of the physical and emotional toll plantation life took on slaves in the 19th century, but when a minister arrives at Placid Hall, speaking of independence, the fighters must choose for themselves: who can they believe and will they put it all online for freedom?

Good reads: average rating of 4.01 stars, more than 600 ratings

“Yinka, where is your husband”, Yinka’s mother always asks him. An Oxford-educated woman, Yinka always thought love would appear at the right time, but her cousin’s engagement speeds up that timeline: she needs a date for the wedding.

Good reads: Average rating of 3.98 stars, over 1,200 ratings

A group of three best friends, Ronke, Boo and Simi struggle with family issues, jealousy and lack of fulfillment in life. When a fourth friend, Isobel, joins the group, their friendships become more volatile.

Good reads: average rating of 4.25 stars, more than 2,400 ratings

A voice recording and a black Caribbean cake, to share when the time comes. It was the legacy left by Eleanor Bennet to her two children, Byron and Benny, who had lost their once close bond. Eleanor’s revelations change everything her children thought they knew about their family.

Good reads: Average rating of 4.08 stars, over 180 ratings

When Ray McMillian’s violin – a Stradivarius passed down from his great-grandfather – is stolen just before the International Tchaikovsky Competition, he must face both his family members and the family that once enslaved his ancestors in claiming the violin.

Good reads: Average rating of 3.91 stars, 80 ratings

This coming-of-age novel is told through the eyes of 11-year-old KB, who grows up and tries to find herself after her mother sends her and her teenage sister, Nia, with her previously estranged grandfather. , following the death of their father. .

Good reads: Average rating of 4.52 stars, more than 50 ratings

On his deathbed, Jacob writes letters to his homosexual son, Isaac. He wants to apologize for his past actions, but also provide context for their family, his upbringing, and their shared trauma.

Good reads: average rating of 3.9 stars, more than 50 ratings

Josephine N. Leary was a real estate mogul in North Carolina, and this novel is based on her true story of emancipation and building her business while managing day-to-day responsibilities to her family and trying to forge a legacy. sustainable.

Good reads: Average rating of 4.47 stars, more than 80 ratings

Desiree Pierce, a reality TV star with a tarnished reputation, is found dead in a Bronx playground – everyone assumes it was an overdose. But her half-sister, Lena Scott, a Columbia grad student who has spent her life out of the public eye, knows the story can’t be true.

Good reads: Average rating of 4.33 stars, more than 10 ratings

This collection of 12 stories depicts life, family and relationships in a southern township through time, from the late 1980s to the night before President Obama’s inauguration.

Good reads: Average rating of 4.13 stars, over 70 ratings

It is the love story of Yejdie, who comes from a family responsible for guiding the souls of their town to the afterlife, but is not ready to fulfill their duties, and Darwin, a gravedigger whose mother, a devout Rastafarian, had protected him from death. Entire life. Their connection is forged through their ties to the afterlife and death.

Good reads: Average rating of 4.39 stars, over 150 ratings

Joan, an aspiring painter from Memphis, Tennessee, uses her brush to express her anger at her family’s past, the injustices they’ve faced, and even the violence of her own father. But as she learns more about her family history, she sees that her brush can also be a healing tool.

Good reads: Average rating of 4.49 stars, over 100 ratings

A fictionalized retelling of a true story, this novel follows Civil Townsend, a nurse from Montgomery, Alabama who just graduated from nursing school in 1973. Working at the Montgomery Family Planning Clinic, when something horrible happens to two of his patients, it will change everything.

Good reads: average rating of 4.19 stars, more than 10 ratings

Glory Akindele returns to London, from her upmarket life in Los Angeles, to see her family following the death of her father, but finds them all estranged. While trying to bring them together, she discovers a secret that threatens everything she loves.

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