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Only the Strong
Jabari Asim
The lives of a reformed hit man, a crusading doctor, a genteel mobster, and a headstrong college student arrive at a fateful intersection in a sweltering Midwestern city amidst the turbulent social change of 1970.
O.H. Bennett
The emotionally charged story of a woman obsessed with finding a homeless man she glimpses on a street corner, who bears a powerful resemblance to the husband who disappeared from her life a decade earlier.
Long Division
Kiese Laymon
A dazzling literary debut by a prodigious young black southern writer with a brilliant comic voice, that bends time in a narrative extending from the mid-Sixties to the early-Eighties to the present day.
Creatures Here Below
O.H. Bennett
A story of a mother, a son, and the extended family that passes in and out of the boarding house where they live, which renders with tremendous richness and care the life of a black teenaged male whose life is taking a turn toward the worse.
Wading Home
A Novel of New Orleans
Rosalyn Story
In this follow up to her critically acclaimed More Than You Know, Rosalyn Story has written a vivid and compelling story of how the complex culture of New Orleans and Louisiana has been marked forever by Katrina, even as it persists.
The Burning City
Alaya Dawn Johnson
Part two of a trilogy by a brilliant young African-American fantasy novelist with a powerful female sensibility.
Where the Line Bleeds
Jesmyn Ward
Set on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, this powerful debut tells a timeless story of two brothers whose paths diverge in the summer after leaving high school.
Skull Cage Key (the)
Michel Marriott
A hard-boiled story of conspiracy, decadence, and high-tech designer drug crime in mid-twenty-first century Harlem—a fast-moving, thought-provoking debut that calls to mind Moseley, Murakami, and Houllebecq.
Racing the Dark
Alaya Dawn Johnson
A brilliant debut fantasy novel with a powerful female sensibility by a youthful writer to watch.
Crabs in a Barrel
Byron Harmon
Freshwater Road
Denise Nicholas
Freshwater Road is the story of Celeste Tyree's journey into adulthood via the political and social upheavals of the civil rights movement. She confronts not only the political realities of race and poverty, but also truths about herself and her family.
Andrew Winston
This remarkably assured debut novel weaves a glittering narrative web encompassing the bursting life of contemporary Chicago.
More Than You Know
Rosalyn Story
The Team
Dawson Perkins

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