Seattle Picks: African American Fiction
Annotation:Rachel Adams is blindsided by her pastor husband’s betrayal: impregnating another woman while Rachel herself is expecting. Rachel weathers public scandal and private pain through her friendships and faith.
Annotation:Having escaped assassination, President Lincoln instead faces the death of his political career as the Radical Republicans call for impeachment on the grounds of his abuse of power in this suspenseful alternative history.
Annotation:Blue, a neighborhood whistleblower, is forced to rescue five young men destined to disappear into the clutches of gorgeous vampire models in town for a thinly-disguised fashion shoot.
Annotation:Heart-wrenching circumstances bring Kiki and her friend Nausy to an emotionally fragile present in this gritty story of courage and determination to find a normal life.
Annotation:What dark truths underlie the hilarious, unorthodox misadventures of Not Sidney Poitier, the orphan heir to a media fortune who bears an uncanny resemblance to… guess who?
Annotation:Disowned by his wealthy father for declaring his bisexuality, Bentley builds a top dollar modeling agency on his own, but trouble strikes when Dad has a heart attack and his protégé goes missing.
Annotation:Brothers and fellow soldiers Achilles and Troy Conroy return to New Orleans from Afghanistan for their adoptive father’s funeral. When Troy disappears, Achilles pursues him and wrestles with the complexities of love, family and racial identity.
Annotation:“My father, James Witherspoon, is a bigamist.” So begins this powerful and unusual coming-of-age story narrated by two girls, one who knows she is a secret daughter, set in 1980s’ Atlanta, Georgia.
Annotation:Personal stories of the Great Migration come alive through the children and grandchildren (the 12 tribes) of Hattie Shepherd, a woman who left the South in 1923 in hopes of finding a better life in Philadelphia.
Annotation:Emmett Till’s lynching put Money, Mississippi on the map in 1955 and when the girl who loved him returns years later she awakens his spirit in this haunting, magical story narrated by the town itself.
Annotation:Emotionally spent and mentally broken, Frank Money’s return home from the Korean War forces him to marshal the remnants of his sanity and save his equally damaged sister in this moving and lyrical story.
Annotation:At the age of 91 Ptolemy’s fogged brain suddenly clears, revealing in a flash his painful and poignant odyssey in a racially divided America, and one last struggle he must undergo.
Annotation:Sam, a runaway slave from Philadelphia, goes in search of his wife who he has not seen in 15 years on a journey that takes him across the Civil War-torn South.
Annotation:An egotistical surgeon and the hospital’s patient advocate are matched in tenacity and wit as they fall in love despite themselves and begin to heal old wounds. First in the new series, Family Affair.
Annotation:Citi Byrne never wanted for anything, but now this spoiled princess must grow up fast when her drug kingpin father is gunned down, leaving her to preserve his legacy or die trying.
Annotation:Music is the sustaining force in this story that traces African American history from Reconstruction to the present as it affects seven generations of the Mayfield women.
Annotation:The long-awaited sequel to “The Coldest Winter Ever” tells the story of Porsche Santiaga, Winter’s little sister. Porsche’s feisty nature lands her in juvenile detention where hard luck girls share stories and find strength in survival.
Annotation:Esch’s close-knit family barely has enough to eat or get by when Hurricane Katrina makes its way to their Mississippi town. National Book Award winner for Fiction in 2011.
Annotation:The king of contemporary African American love stories tells a tale of secrets and murder. When a private, handsome new tenant winds up dead, everyone in the apartment building becomes a suspect.