Boston Public Library
Recent Black Fiction: A Selected Reading List
Booklists for Adults 

AFREKETE: An Anthology of Black Lesbian Writing.
Edited by Catherine E. McKinley and L. Joyce Delaney.
The heart of these selections is a concern for the feelings of human connectedness and love for one's self.  Well-known and new authors are included.

THE CATTLE KILLING.
John Edgar Wideman.
Spanning two centuries, the author connects a young preacher in eighteenth-century Philadelphia and the Xhosa tribe in Africa ritually killing their cattle.

CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT: The Best Short Stories by Black Writers, 1967 to the Present.
Edited by Gloria Naylor.
A wonderfully diverse collection of contemporary stories; biographical information about the authors is included.

COLD MEDINA.
Gary Hardwick.
Chaos threatens in Detroit when a white man is alleged to be the killer of several drug dealers.

DIRTY BIRD BLUES.
Clarence Major.
A vivid re-creation of late 1940s black America, featureingg a Chicago blues musician.

FLING WITH A DEMON LOVER.
Kelvin Christopher James.
Vacationing on the Greek Island of Mineros with her young lover, a teacher encounters romance and dark superstition.

FLYY GIRL.
Omar Tyree.
Tracy Ellison comes of age in middle-class suburban Philadelphia and faces the high-pressure atmosphere of sex and drugs.

HOW STELLA GOT HER GROOVE BACK.
Terry McMillan
Recently divorced Stella finds a new love on the exotic island of Jamaica.

IT'S NOT A PRETTY SIGHT.
Gar Anthony Haywood.
In the fourth of this excellent series, private investigator Aaron Gunner searches for the killer of a woman he once loved.

JUMP UP AND SAY!: A Collection of Black Storytelling.
Edited by Linda Goss and Clay Goss.
Stories, poems, songs, recipes, and more celebrate the Black experience in American, Africa, and the West Indies.

THE LAST INTEGRATIONIST.
Jake Lamar.
In future America, will Attorney General Melvin Hutchinson become the first black vice-president?

LIVE AT FIVE.
David Haynes.
An unlikely friendship between a TV newscaster and a struggling single mother grows when he is ordered to film a black neighborhood.

MAKER OF SAINTS.
Thulani Davis.
A woman focuses on her friend's mysterious death in a story of obsession, discovery, and revenge in a New York art community.

MY FAVORITE WAR.
Christopher John Farley.
A young journalist is hired by the Washinton Post and sent to cover the Gulf War with his idol, columnist Sojourner Truth Zapruder.

THE RICHER, THE POORER: Stories, Sketches, and Reminiscences.
Dorothy West.
The author breaks a fifty-year silence since the publication of her first highly acclaimed novel.

SATISFIED WITH NOTHIN'.
Ernest Hill.
Sheltered from racism in college because of his sports skills, Jamie Rae Griffin receives a rude awakening as an adult.

THE SEASONS OF BEENTO BLACKBIRD.
Akosua Busia.
A children's book author, with homes and loves in the Caribbean, Ghana, and New York City, goes into self-exile when life becomes too complicated.

SEDUCED: The Life and Times of a One-Hit Wonder.
Nelson George.
A tour of the black music scene of the 1980s features an aspiring R&B songwriter.

SISTER, SISTER.
Eric J. Kickey.
Valerie, Inda, and Chiquita learn about courage and love as they cope with their men and celebrate their closeness.

STREETLIGHTS: Illuminating Tales of the Urban Black Experience.
Edited by DorisJean Austin and Martin Simmons.
Forty-nine stories about life in the city as experienced by African Americans.

 

Compiled by Mary Lou Coveney, Dudley Branch, Boston Public Library, 1997.