Seattle Picks: African American Fiction
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: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: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: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: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.