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Black History Month: Fiction by Black authors

Stories about love, with characters of color.


Part of Pittsburgh City Paper's month-long celebration of Black History Month.

Trying to decide what to read next? Why not pick up one of these fiction reads by Black authors. Be forewarned: once started, you may not be able to put them down. 

An American Marriage - Tayari Jones One of Oprah’s 2018 Book Club picks, An American Marriage follows newlyweds Celestial and Roy as they settle into the next chapter of their lives as a couple. But soon after, their marriage is forced to face an unimaginable hurdle: Roy is arrested and given a 12-year sentence, and Celestial is sure Roy is innocent. It's a story about love, class, race, and friendship, and dealing with the past while trying to move into the future.

The Proposal - Jasmine Guillory
Found in Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine Book Club, and Book of the Month, The Proposal is a lighthearted rom-com with a feminist bent. After Nikole Paterson is saved from an embarrassing proposal at a Dodgers game by a handsome doctor, Carlos Ibarra, she sets off on a fun rebound adventure with him. But it's a rom-com, so of course, they start to develop feelings for each other.

The Proposal is the second book in a series of delightful, humor-tinged romance novels by Guillory. The third book, The Wedding Party, is set to hit shelves July 16.

Pride - Ibi Zoboi
Pride is a modern day retelling of Pride and Prejudice, but with all characters of color. Centering around Brooklyn-born Zuri Benitez, readers follow her struggle with her gentrifying neighborhood, college applications, and cute boys.

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