Black History Month: Novels Part 1

The Prophets

By: Robert Jones, Jr.

A novel about the forbidden union between two enslaved young men on a Deep South plantation, the refuge they find in each other, and a betrayal that threatens their existence.


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The Water Dancer

By: Ta-Nehisi Coates

A novel that follows a young Black man who discovers that his memories trigger a mysterious power of teleportation that can help escaped slaves flee.


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The Underground Railroad

By: Colson Whitehead

A novel about a slave in the Antebellum South during the 19th century, who makes a bid for freedom from her Georgia plantation by following the Underground Railroad, which the novel depicts as a rail transport system with safe houses and secret routes. The Underground Railroad (Pulitzer Prize Winner) (National Book Award Winner) (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel: 9780385542364: Whitehead, Colson: Books

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Black Cake

By: Charmaine, Wilkerson

A novel about how the inheritance of betrayals, secrets, memories and even names can shape relationships and history. Deeply evocative and beautifully written, Black Cake is an extraordinary journey through the life of a family changed forever by the choices of its matriarch.


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The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois

By: Honorée Fanonne Jeffers

A novel that explores the history of an African-American family in the American South, from the time before the American Civil War and slavery, through the Civil Rights Movement, to the present. The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois: An Oprah's Book Club Pick (Oprahs Book Club 2.0): 9780062942937: Jeffers, Honoree Fanonne: Books

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