Brit Bennett recommends

By Dialogue Books

By Dialogue Books

"I wanted to shout out several recent releases that have captivated me, as well as recognise some longtime favourites. From debuts to classics, these books all explore identity, family, and art." Brit Bennett, 2021

Song of Solomon

Toni Morrison

£9.99 £9.29

I first read Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison when I was studying abroad in the UK, so this book found me when I was beginning to think, more deeply than ever, about what it means to be both Black and American. This is a story about a search for hidden gold that, instead, uncovers a hidden family history. It’s a perfect novel.

Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation

Anna Malaika Tubbs

£18.98 £17.65

A fascinating exploration into the lives of three women ignored by history, the mothers of Martin Luther King Jr, James Baldwin, and Malcolm X. By tracing the intellectual, political, and emotional strands of each woman’s life, Anna Malaika Tubbs uncovers hidden complexities within Black motherhood that illuminate our understanding of the past while also shedding light on the overlooked contributions of Black women today.

Silver Sparrow: From the Winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction, 2019

Tayari Jones

£8.99 £8.36

This book is one of my go-to recommendations to friends and family looking for something to read. It’s a story about a complicated family centering on two half-sisters, one who knows the other exists and the other who has no clue. A propulsive, unforgettable read about the complexity of family.

Dreamland: The summer's most 'dazzling and shattering' new novel

Rosa Rankin-Gee

£14.99 £13.94

Dystopian yet romantic, Dreamland follows a young woman whose struggling family gets relocated by the British government to a dilapidated beach town. As she grows up and falls in love with a mysterious visitor, she begins to realize that the town where she calls home has a more sinister intent. A searing examination of class and climate injustice.

Passing

Nella Larsen

£7.99 £7.43

A beloved novel from the Harlem Renaissance that follows the fraught relationship between two childhood friends, one who passes for white and one who chooses not to. The forthcoming adaptation, starring Tessa Thompson and Ruth Negga, is a faithful and gorgeous reimagining of the novel. Shot beautifully in black and white, it movingly captures the tense friendship at the heart of the book.

Salvage the Bones

Jesmyn Ward

£9.99 £9.29

I read Jesmyn Ward’s Salvage the Bones in college, and I marveled over Ward’s ear for language and her attentiveness to the rich emotional lives of her character. A beautiful, big-hearted novel.

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Zora Neale Hurston

£8.99 £8.36

In this short novel, Zora Neale Hurston somehow manages to capture the challenges faced by Black women seeking liberation in a racist, misogynist world while never losing sight of the liberating power of Black joy.

The Color Purple: The classic, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel

Alice Walker

£8.99 £8.36

The Color Purple is a story about Black women living in the intersections of racialized and gendered violence, who find liberation through community with each other. A brutal and beautiful novel.

Afterparties

Anthony Veasna So

£14.99 £13.94

A beautiful and blisteringly funny story collection from a young writer we lost far too soon. The book weaves through a Cambodian-American community in the shadow of genocide. following the children of refugees as they grapple with the complexities of masculinity, class, and family. Anthony Veasna So explores the lives of these unforgettable characters with bracing humor and startling tenderness.

The Final Revival of Opal & Nev

Dawnie Walton

£14.99 £13.94

An energetic oral history of a rock duo from the 60s that explores the role of Black people in rock, as well as the myths we create around ourselves.

A Little Devil in America: In Praise of Black Performance

Hanif Abdurraqib

£18.98 £17.65

A joyful celebration of Black performance and Black art that interweaves cultural analysis with personal meditation.

Detransition, Baby: Longlisted for the Women's Prize 2021 and Top Ten The Times Bestseller

Torrey Peters

£14.99 £13.94

A blisteringly funny and propulsive story about three New Yorkers trying to form an unconventional family arrangement. A thought-provoking book about motherhood, gender, and identity.

Brit Bennett's The Vanishing Half is out now in paperback. 

 

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