35 Novels By Women Of Color

With two notable exceptions (Trevor Noah's Born A Crime and Dane Huckelbridge’s Castle of Water) for the past couple of years I have only been reading books by women authors. And after being blown away by Yaa Gyasi’s stunning Homegoing, and while currently devouring Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko, I realized that all I really want to read right now is novels by women of color. Why? Because just through Homegoing and Pachinko alone, I have developed a deeper sense of the massively different scope of human experience in different cultures and I feel that continuing to learn -- even through fiction -- is crucial. I recently put out a call for favorite novels by women of color and am so grateful to my smart friends (especially Thien-Kim Lam for providing a ton of recommendations!) for weighing in. Here are 35 novels by women of color. I am basically going to be working my way through this list through the remainder of this year!

For some reason the Internet is being grumpy and not showing that the below titles are linked, but they are! Just click on the title and you can see the title on Amazon!

Book jacket images via Amazon

Book jacket images via Amazon

17. JACOB, Mira: The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing

18. JEMISIN, N. K.: The Fifth Season

19. JONES, Tayari: An American Marriage

20. LAHIRI, Jhumpa: Interpreter of Maladies

21. LEE, Janice Y. K.: The Piano Teacher

22. LEE, Min Jin: Pachinko

23. NG, Celeste: Everything I Never Told You

24. NG, Celeste: Little Fires Everywhere

25. NGUYEN, Bich Minh: Pioneer Girl

26. OKORAFOR, Nnedi: Binti series

27. OKORAFOR, Nnedi: Who Fears Death

28. PACHICO, Julianne: The Lucky Ones

29. RAI, Alisha: Hate To Want You (and here’s Thien-Kim’s book review of this smoldering title!)

30. RANKINE, Claudia: Citizen

31. TAN, Amy: The Valley of Amazement

32: THOMAS, Angie: The Hate U Give

33. THUY, Kim: Mãn

34. WARD, Jesmyn: Sing, Unburied, Sing

35. WARD, Jesmyn: Salvage the Bones

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