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My most beloved novels by Black authors (5)

As artists we bring imagination to history.

During this time, I’m sharing some of my most beloved novels by Black authors.

Day 5: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

I’ve long been inspired by novels where magic realism tells us something powerful about reality. Underground Railroad does this for the historical Underground Railroad. 

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My most beloved novels by Black authors (4)

Art is where ideas and life come together. In art, politics and empathy, vision and reality meet.

During this time, I’m sharing some of my most beloved novels by Black authors.

Day 4: Crossing the River and The Nature of Blood by Caryl Phillips (www.carylphillips.com)

Decades ago, Crossing the River and The Nature of Blood inspired me by going so far beyond the “ethnic identity” novels that were breaking through in the 1990s. They are powerful examples of how novels can open a whole new realm of experience and awareness.

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My most beloved novels by Black authors (3)

Artists envision possibility for social change–and create understanding and hope to make it possible.

During this time, I’m sharing some of my most beloved novels by Black authors.

Day 3: The Famished Road by Ben Okri (

Artists envision possibility for social change–and create understanding and hope to make it possible.

During this time, I’m sharing some of my most beloved novels by Black authors.

Day 3: The Famished Road by Ben Okri (@benokri)

When I was getting my MFA in fiction almost 20 years ago, The Famished Road inspired me to with a whole new vision of what was possible for my fiction. I loved its combination of politics and magical realism–and the view into life in Nigeria.

#blackvoices #blackfiction #blacklivesmatter

When I was getting my MFA in fiction almost 20 years ago, The Famished Road inspired me to with a whole new vision of what was possible for my fiction. I loved its combination of politics and magical realism–and the view into life in Nigeria.

#blackvoices #blackfiction #blacklivesmatter

My most beloved novels by Black authors (2)

The art we encounter shapes how we see the world. If you’re an artist of color or a person speaking from an unrepresented perspective, we especially need your voice.

And if you don’t regularly read books or experience art from perspectives outside your own, consider taking this new step. 

During this time, I’m sharing some of my most beloved novels by Black authors.

Day 2: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (@YaaGyasiAuthor)

I love the way Homegoing interweaves the story of half-sisters (one sold into slavery, one married to the local British governor) and their descendants. 

#blackvoices #blackfiction #blacklivesmatter

My most beloved novels by Black authors (1)

Artists are truth tellers who reveal what is and visionaries who see what could be. 

During this time, I’m sharing some of my most beloved novels by Black authors.

Up today: The Broken Earth trilogy by NK Jemison (@nkjemisin)

Sci fi/ fantasy at its best! I was enthralled by this trilogy: a incredibly original premise that revealed itself in layer upon layer, a fascinating social world, and a story where oppression, history, exploration, and family unfolded in illuminating and riveting ways.

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