If you’re looking to diversify your bookshelf right now (or just looking for a really great book to read), here is some of my favorite Contemporary Fiction by Black Authors from around the world.
I love to read broadly because it’s the best way I’ve found to experience worlds and lives different from my own. Sometimes I find the things we have in common, and sometimes I get to see through new eyes and feel with a different heart.
Right now, with all the social upheaval and heartache happening as a result of ongoing racial injustice, these stories from Black authors matter more than ever.
“Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign. But stories can also be used to empower, and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people. But stories can also repair that broken dignity.” ― Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
This is not a comprehensive list of fiction by contemporary Black authors, just the books I’ve loved the very most. If you want a shorter list to choose from, the first FIVE books on the list below are my absolute favorites, the ones that really changed me.
Leave your recommendations for excellent Fiction by Black Authors in the comments below. I’ll add to this list as I read more! Also, check out my Favorite Books for Teens by Black Authors and my list of Excellent Middle Grade Books by Black Authors.
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