BOOKS BY WOMEN OF COLOR TO READ IN 2018

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A post by Peter Jordens.

Asian-American debut author R.O. Kwon (The Incendiaries, Riverhead Books, July 31, 2018) has gathered a list of 46 Books by Women of Color to Read in 2018 for Electric Lit to “help make the literary landscape less parochial, more inclusive. Toward this end, [she] sifted through publishers’ catalogs for forthcoming books, asked friends for thoughts, and solicited help on social media.” Her list of 46 novels, memoirs, anthologies and collections includes the following seven forthcoming books by authors/editors with Caribbean roots.

Zadie Smith, Feel Free: Essays (Penguin Press, February 6, 2018), a new collection of essays offering a survey of important recent events in culture and politics as well as Smith’s own life. See https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/317074/feel-free-by-zadie-smith/9781594206252

Krystal A. Sital, Secrets We Kept: Three Women of Trinidad (W.W. Norton & Company, February 20, 2018), a story of ambition and cruelty, endurance and love, and most of all, the bonds among women and between generations that help them find peace with the past.

Roxane Gay (Ed.), Not that Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture (Harper Perennial, May 1, 2018), an anthology of first-person essays that tackles rape, assault, and harassment head-on and that is often deeply personal and always unflinchingly honest. See https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062413505/not-that-bad

Ivelisse Rodriguez, Love War Stories (The Feminist Press at CUNY, July 10, 2018), a poignant, street-smart collection set in Puerto Rico that follows idealistic teenagers and weary mothers battling over what it means to be a woman in love. See https://www.feministpress.org/books-a-m/love-war-stories

Alexia Arthurs, How to Love a Jamaican (Ballantine Books, July 24, 2018), a debut story collection set in Jamaica and America. Sweeping from close-knit island communities to the streets of New York City and midwestern university towns, these eleven stories form a portrait of a nation, a people, and a way of life.

Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Fruit of the Drunken Tree (Doubleday, July 31, 2018), a mesmerizing debut set against the backdrop of the devastating violence of 1990s Colombia, in which a sheltered young girl and a teenage maid strike an unlikely friendship that threatens to undo them both.

Jennifer Baker (Ed.), Everyday People: The Color of Life ― A Short Story Anthology (Atria Books, August 28, 2018), a collection of contemporary short fiction from an eclectic mix of award-winning and critically lauded writers, including Glendaliz Camacho, Junot Díaz, Courttia Newland and Nelly Rosario.

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