Recommended Novels by Black Woman Authors with notes by Kate
"Red at the Bone" by Jacqueline Woodson: This is the slimmest of the novels here and there’s a lot to process in few words including mother-daughter relationships, black wealth, identity
"Girl, Woman, Other" by Bernardine Evaristo: one of my favorite books in the past year likely because I love listening to the author speak— she is so proud to be an older woman. It is also the most unusual writing style, which I found easy to read though some may not
"Homegoing" by Yaa Gyasi: a deep dive into history (1760 to 2000s) in a novel starting in where each section is written by the next generation. Racism, culture and choice shape the lives of individuals and the history of a people.
"The Revisioners" by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton: medium length, interleaves past and present. A lot about trauma and strength passed across generations, the power of women, white entitlement, dementia, who we are at our core
"The Vanishing Half" by Brit Bennett: the novel is set from the 1950s to the 1990s and opens a conversation on the complexity of identity and how we all change in ways large and small