Fiction by Black Authors
Make 2020 a year of reading more Black authors. Here are a variety of novels and short story collections available for download highlighting fiction by Black authors. Annotations provided by Kirkus Reviews, unless otherwise noted. (Created June 2020)
Training School for Negro Girls
In her debut collection, Acker pays tribute to Washington, D.C.—the Chocolate City—and the changes it went through during the last years of the 20th century.
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Edgy humor and fierce imagery coexist in these stories with shrewd characterization and humane intelligence, inspired by volatile material sliced off the front pages.
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Say You're One of Them
Redemption is in short supply in these five stories by a Nigerian priest about children caught in the crossfire of various African countries' upheavals.
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Beatty's ferociously witty and original third novel (Tuff, 2000, etc.) follows a Los Angeles DJ called Darky, who, having created a revolutionary "perfect beat," heads to late-1980s Berlin to find the obscure, incomparable jazzman known as the Schwa and get him to lay down a track over it.
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What We Lose
In this inventive debut novel, a young woman writes her way out of grief.
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Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?
Published for the first time nearly 30 years after the author's death at age 46, this gorgeous and strikingly intimate short story collection focuses on the lives and loves of black Americans in the 1960s.
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The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter
Following the course of American history from 1941 to the 21st century through the lives of four men—two white brothers from rural Alabama, and two black brothers from small-town Maryland—an epic volume, bridging the political and poetic, details an explosive and devastating encounter between two families during the early civil rights movement. (NoveList)
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This Mournable Body
A haunting, incisive, and timely glimpse into how misogyny and class strife shape life in post-colonial Zimbabwe.
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The Atheist in the Attic
The title novella, 'The Atheist in the Attic,' appearing here in book form for the first time, is a suspenseful and vivid historical narrative, recreating the top-secret meeting between the mathematical genius Leibniz and the philosopher Spinoza caught between the horrors of the cannibalistic Dutch Rampjaar and the brilliant 'big bang' of the Enlightenment. (Publisher)
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Here Comes the Sun
The lives of three generations of women in Jamaica intersect as they try to build better lives.
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