New African American Fiction

The possibilities seem endless. These new titles can satisfy your urge to laugh, or cry; sing or dance; solve a mystery or search for justice; even learn about the past or explore the future.

As Lie is to Grin

In his debut novel, Marsalis introduces David a young college freshmen, who in an attempt to impress a girl, reinvents himself, creating a very different, more intriguing persona for himself. As the story progresses and David tries to find his true self, he realizes that he is restrained by the false life he created.

Bluebird, Bluebird

When an African American Texas Ranger begins investigating a murder case involving a black Chicago lawyer and a local white woman from a small East Texas town, he is caught in the midst of justice and race in the United States. A series launch from an Edgar Award finalist.

City of Saviors

In the fourth novel of the Elouise Norton Detective series, Elouise, “Lou” Norton, who has recently been promoted to sergeant, finds herself up against a church congregation that may be responsible for the mysterious death of one of its elderly members.

Five-Carat Soul

McBride uses history, humor and humanity to create this collection of short stories that explore the different layers of reality, fantasy, hope, and belief. 

Halsey Street

Penelope Grand moves back to her old neighborhood in Brooklyn and finds it changed – she is renting an attic in a renovated brownstone from a white couple, and the familiar faces and places of her childhood are gone. A postcard from her estranged mother, now back in the Dominican Republic, brings long ignored emotions to the surface. 

A Kind of Freedom

Three generations living in New Orleans over the course of 70 years deal with racism, segregation, incarceration, poverty, drugs and the after effects of Hurricane Katrina as they struggle to define their lives and survive as a family. This title is also available on Hoopla as an eBook or as eAudio or as an eAudio or eBook on Libby/Overdrive.

New People

Maria, who is engaged to Khalil, finds herself questioning their status as “King and Queen of the Racially Nebulous Prom and begins stalking a poet she barely knows. Heartbreaking and darkly comic, New People is a bold and unfettered page-turner that challenges our every assumption about how we define one another, and ourselves.

Seeking Sarah

Brooke, who grew up motherless, is shocked to learn that the mother, who she believes died long ago, is very much alive with a whole new family. Confused and hurt, Brooke sets out on a mission, not knowing if she is seeking revenge or recovery.

So Much Blue

Haunted by the past and the secrets he’s kept from his wife, Kevin begins work on a mysterious, secret painting.

The Talented Ribkins

The Ribkins have amazing superpowers. Well maybe not that amazing but in times of need, each family member’s unique gift combined with the other family members’ gifts help keep the family together.

To Funk and Die in LA

In this fourth book in the D. Hunter crime fiction series mixing strong storytelling with compelling music history, Hunter’s grandfather, “Big Danny,” is killed in a drive-by, leading Hunter to discover his grandfather was not quite who he thought he was.