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4 Books by Black Authors that everyone should read this February

I chose these books because they were beautifully written.

The authors tell their stories in ways that feel very real, despite them all being fictional; we can all see a bit of ourselves in the characters that they flesh out, even if we don’t initially expect to. These books each cover a different scope of the vast experiences that Black people go through, but the fact that most of the characters are Black isn’t really the only point of any of these stories. Instead, the authors hone in on the aspects of the characters’ experiences (which are undoubtedly shaped by the fact that they are Black) to speak to broader themes of love, loss, pain, and resilience. As well, they are all different lengths, so hopefully, there is something for everyone!

Click on the book titles to learn more about each book. ?

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie     
Passing by Nella Larsen
Things fall apart by Chinua Achebe

Photos courtesy of:

(in order of appearance)

https://murderundergroundbrokethecamel.files.wordpress.com/2017/11/23600129_10159620188240707_606298083_o.jpg

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/aug/19/half-of-a-yellow-sun-identity

https://www.simonandschuster.ca/books/Passing/Nella-Larsen/Restless-Classics/9781632062024

https://www.depop.com/products/anniuxs-things-fall-apart-chinua/

 

Ver-Se Denga

U Alberta '21

Ver-Se is in her 4th year of uni, studying Biology and Psychology and serving as Senior Editor of the UAlberta Chapter. She loves to read and can't imagine a world without Chimamanda Adichie in it.
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