Contemporary African-American Fiction

Family, friendship, religion, racism, and the dealings of everyday life are explored in these novels about the contemporary African-American experience. All of these titles are located in the Adult Fiction section of the Library.


Ansa, Tina McElroy. You Know Better. 2002.
     Also available: eBook

Baldwin, James. Go Tell It on the Mountain. 1953.

Berry, Bertice. When Love Calls, You Better Answer. 2005.

Billingsley, ReShonda Tate. The Devil is a Lie. 2009.

Blue, Treasure E. Keyshia and Clyde. 2008.

Briscoe, Connie. Money Can’t Buy Love. 2011.

Brown, Elaine Meryl. Lemon City. 2004.

Brown, Parry A. What Goes Around. 2006.

Bryant, Lynne. Catfish Alley. 2011.
     Also available: Large Type

Buckhanon, Kalisha. Conception. 2008.

Burney, Claudia Mair. Wounded: A Love Story. 2008.

Campbell, Bebe Moore. 72 Hour Hold. 2005.
     Also available: CD

Carter, Stephen L. Palace Council. 2008.
     Also available: CD

Clair, Maxine. October Suite. 2001.

Cleage, Pearl. Till You Hear From Me. 2010.
     Also available: CD

Cooper, J. California. Life is Short, But Wide. 2009.
     Also available: CD

DeBerry, Virginia. Uptown. 2010.

Dickey, Eric Jerome. An Accidental Affair. 2012.

Due, Tananarive. My Soul to Take. 2011.

DuPree, Kia. Silenced: A Novel. 2011.

Ellison, Ralph. Three Days Before the Shooting. 2010.

Forster, Gwynne. When the Sun Goes Down. 2010.
     Also available: CD

Gaines, Ernest J. A Lesson Before Dying. 1993.
     Also available: CD

Golden, Marita. After. 2006.

Goodman, Matthew Aaron. Hold Love Strong. 2009.

Harris, E. Lynn. No One in the World. 2011.
     Also available: CD

Johnson, Dedra. Sandrine’s Letter to Tomorrow. 2008.

Johnson, Mat. Pym: A Novel. 2010.

Jones, Edward P. All Aunt Hagar’s Children. 2006.
     Also available: Large Type, CD

Jones, Tayari. Silver Sparrow. 2011.
     Also available: CD

Joseph, Frank S. To Love Mercy. 2006.

Luckett, Jacqueline. Searching for Tina Turner. 2010.
     Also available: Large Type

Mason, J.D. Take Your Pleasure Where You Find It. 2010.

McBride, James. Song Yet Sung. 2008.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eAudiobook

McFadden, Bernice. Glorious. 2010.

McMillan, Terry. Getting to Happy. 2010.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eBook, eAudiobook

Morrison, Toni. A Mercy. 2008.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eAudiobook

Mosley, Walter. Last Days of Ptolemy Grey. 2010.
     Also available: Large Type, CD

Murray, Victoria Christopher. The Deal, the Dance and the Devil. 2011.

Ojikutu, Bayo. Free Burning. 2006.

Perrin, Kayla. Spring Break. 2010.

Phillips, Delores. The Darkest Child. 2004.

Rawles, Nancy. My Jim. 2005.

Roby, Kimberla Lawson. Love, Honor and Betray. 2011.
     Also available: Large Type, CD

Sapphire. The Kid. 2011.
     Also available: CD

Scott, Sophronia. All I Need to Get By. 2004.

Singleton, Elyse. This Side of the Sky. 2002.

Shange, Ntozake. Some Sing, Some Cry. 2010.
     Also available: CD

Southgate, Martha. The Taste of Salt. 2011.

Stockett, Kathryn. The Help. 2009.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eBook, eAudiobook

Tademy, Lalita. Red River. 2007.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eAudiobook

Touré. Soul City. 2004.

Turner, Nikki. Heartbreak of a Hustler’s Wife. 2011.
     Also available: CD

Vance, Sheila. Land Mines. 2009.

Ward, Jesmyn. Salvage the Bones. 2011.
     Also available: CD

Weisgarber, Ann. Personal History of Rachel Dupree. 2008.
     Also available: CD

Whitehead, Colson. Sag Harbor. 2009.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eAudiobook

Woodward, Solon Timothy. Cadillac Orpheus: A Novel. 2008.

Wright, Richard. A Father’s Law. 2008.

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