New Arrivals · African-American Fiction

August 17, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

A kind of freedom : a novel

August 16, 2017
Sexton, Margaret Wilkerson, author.
Berkeley, California : Counterpoint, 2017.
230 pages ; 24 cm
"Evelyn is a Creole woman who comes of age in New Orleans at the height of World War II. Her family inhabits the upper echelon of Black society, and when she falls for no-account Renard, she is forced to choose between her life of privilege and the man she loves. In 1982, Evelyn's daughter, Jackie, is a frazzled single mother grappling with her absent husband's drug addiction. Just as she comes to terms with his abandoning the family, he returns, ready to resume their old life. Jackie's son, T.C., loves the creative process of growing marijuana more than the weed itself. He was a square before Hurricane Katrina, but the New Orleans he knew didn't survive the storm. Fresh out of a four-month stint for drug charges, T.C. decides to start over--until an old friend convinces him to stake his new beginning on one last deal. For Evelyn, Jim Crow is an ongoing reality, and in its wake new threats spring up to haunt her descendants. A Kind of Freedom is an urgent novel that explores the legacy of racial disparity in the South through a poignant and redemptive family history."-- Dust jacket.

Rogue

August 11, 2017
Divine, L., author.
©2016
239 pages ; 23 cm.
After defeating her grandmother's closest enemy, Jayd Jackson's world should be simpler, but not a chance -- especially not with a crew like hers. With Mickey and G on the run, Nigel being sued by Nellie's abusive boyfriend, David, Jeremy back in trouble with the law thanks to his vengeful wifey, Cameron, and Mama slacking on the job to keep her man, Jayd has no time to focus on the normal things that every high school senior should be doing. Thankfully she still has her best guy friend, Chase, in her corner, who is none the wiser to all of the drama that he recently endured at the hands of Jayd's evil neighbor, Esmeralda, who just won't rest in peace or let Jayd get any rest at all. In order to regain her sanity, Jayd decides to go completely rogue in her personal, professional, and spiritual lives. But can she really let go of it all, or will her natural inclination to alter events for the sake of her friends and family take over once again, also giving way to her darker side? Jayd's the only person who can see herself through this mess, but in order to do so she has to regain control of her dreams before they ultimately control her.

Little boy lost

August 9, 2017
Trafford, J. D., author.
©2017
303 pages ; 21 cm
"Attorney Justin Glass's practice, housed in a shabby office on the north side of Saint Louis, isn't doing so well that he can afford to work for free. But when eight-year-old Tanisha Walker offers him a jar full of change to find her missing brother, he doesn't have the heart to turn her away. Justin had hoped to find the boy alive and well. But all that was found of Devon Walker was his brutally murdered body--and the bodies of twelve other African American teenagers, all discarded like trash in a mass grave. Each had been reported missing. And none had been investigated. As simmering racial tensions explode into violence Justin...vows to search for the killer..."--P. [4] of cover.

The talented Ribkins : a novel

August 8, 2017
Hubbard, Ladee, author.
©2017
295 pages ; 24 cm
"At seventy-two, Johnny Ribkins shouldn't have such problems: He's got one week to come up with the money he stole from his mobster boss or it's curtains for Johnny. What may or may not be useful to Johnny as he flees is that he comes from an African-American family that has been gifted with rather super powers that are rather sad, but superpowers nonetheless. For example, Johnny's father could see colors no one else could see. His brother could scale perfectly flat walls. His cousin belches fire. And Johnny himself can make precise maps of any space you name, whether he's been there or not. In the old days, the Ribkins family tried to apply their gifts to the civil rights effort, calling themselves The Justice Committee. But when their, eh, superpowers proved insufficient, the group fell apart. Out of frustration Johnny and his brother used their talents to stage a series of burglaries, each more daring than the last. Fast forward a couple decades and Johnny's on a race against the clock to dig up loot he's stashed all over Florida. His brother is gone, but he has an unexpected sidekick: his brother's daughter, Eloise, who has a special superpower of her own."-- Provided by publisher.

All about him

July 25, 2017
Tucker, Pat (Novelist), author.
©2017
231 pages ; 21 cm

The one I've waited for

July 20, 2017
Morrison, Mary B., author.
©2017
viii, 292 pages ; 24 cm.
Includes a reading group guide with discussion questions.

Seducing Abby Rhodes

July 18, 2017
Mason, J. D., author.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2017.
343pages ; 21 cm
"When Abigail Rhodes bought that old house she fell in love with in Blink, Texas, she got more than she bargained for. After being told by the local psychic that it is filled with a passionate energy from the previous owners, who died years ago, Abby decides to fix up her beloved house and reluctantly moves in. But ever since then, strange things have been happening in her newly renovated home, and Abby has been plagued with dreams that wake her up and leave her breathless. After a tumultuous life these last few years, Jordan Gatewood is following what amounts to a trail of breadcrumbs in an effort to find a renewed sense of purpose. Searching for the truth about the man his adoptive-father really was, Jordan makes his way to the old house where his father was murdered, in Blink--and right to the petite, understated beauty that answers the door. It's not long before Jordan realizes, quite unexpectedly, that Abby is the perfect woman for him. Jordan doesn't believe in ghosts or fate, but he does know that the powerful connection he feels for this woman started the day he met her in that house and he is determined to make her his. Robin is a successful Corporate Attorney, and was proud to be the lover of the most sought after bachelor in the state of Texas--until he abruptly breaks off their relationship, leaving her confused, heartbroken and bitter. When she discovers that he's left her for another woman, a woman she considers beneath her, Robin is determined to teach him a brutal lesson. A man like Jordan has too many secrets, secrets that, if found out, could not only destroy his relationship with this other woman, but that could also cost him the biggest business deal of his life, and possibly, his freedom"-- Provided by publisher.

My brother's envy : the cross, a novel

July 18, 2017
Rose, J. L., author.
Laveen, AZ : Good 2 Go Publishing, 2017.
198 pages ; 22 cm
Title from cover.
"Young Resean 'Boss' Holmes is known and loved throughout the city of Atlanta. But his home life is vastly different. He and his Stepfather despise each other. Forcing his Mother to make a difficult choice, choosing her lover over her own son. She sends Boss to Miami to live with his real father. Or so she says. Resean's arrival in Miami unlocks many shocking family secrets, which not only anger him. But place Boss in a very tough predicament. Especially financially. However Boss is nothing if not resourceful. He plants himself within the Miami drug scene. Pushing an original product called 'Blue Devil.' Which is a combination of coke, and another drug which is an offshoot of molly. As expected, the new recipe is a hit with his customers... and the money comes rolling in. But it also makes Boss 'hot' on the streets. News of his success gets back to a local druglord who immediately sends numerous hit squads to gather intel. Then find and eliminate Magic City's newest 'player.' Boss considers going into hiding until he realizes his newfound wealth has gained him a few loyal followers of his own. He then instead, chooses to go to all-out war with his unknown but powerful enemy. A foe whose very identity, may be the deadliest 'family secret' of them all!"--Provided by publisher.

Connected to the plug

July 17, 2017
Williams, Dwan Marquis (Novelist), author.
©2017
vi, 200 pages ; 22 cm
"Menace and Speedy are two local dope slingers with much in common, but two things in particular. They're both young, and hungry. Business... is booming, and while most people in their position would be satisfied Menace and Speedy aren't, "most people." They want to be among the drug game elite, and the only way to do that is get hooked up with a "connect." A MAJOR supplier who can provide enough product to help the duo graduate from "dealers," to "kingpins." One day, the pair finally acquire the long sought after connect. The key to not only unlocking a "dope empire," but putting the entire local drug game on lockdown. But it soon turns out that things are not at all what they seem, and the two are no closer to absolute power over their concrete dominion. In fact, the games... are just beginning!"--Page [4] of cover.

Connected to the plug. 2

July 17, 2017
Williams, Dwan Marquis (Novelist), author.
©2017.
205 pages ; 22 cm
After taking a slug to the crown, street hood Menace has been out of commission for two long years. Now fully healed he aims to pick up where he and cohort Speedy left off, and there's no time like the present. With Menace on the 'disabled list,' Speedy has grown the old gang into a force to be reckoned with. Their influence, firepower and manpower three times what it used to be. As Speedy and the boys help Menace regain his 'underworld footing,' bringing him up to speed. An old foe resurfaces. With guns pointed directly at the two aptly-named gang-leaders, and a plan to destroy them from within. Will Speedy and Menace finally put their bygone enemy down for good? Or be undone by a sinister plot to foment mistrust and chaos between the two best friends?

Supreme & Justice. 2

July 17, 2017
Morris, Ernest, author.
Laveen, AZ : Good2Go Publishing, 2017.
206 pages ; 22 cm
Twin brothers Supreme and Justice become embroiled in their own battles for supremacy of the streets. Supreme's enemies form an alliance to bring him down, while Justice narrowly escapes death.

Tied to a boss 5

July 17, 2017
Rose, J. L., author.
Laveen, AZ : Good2Go Publishing, 2017.
199 pages ; 21 cm
Gangster Dante's mother is the leader of the ruthless Blackwell family. He agrees to help them crush their enemies in exchange for helping him locate and kill his target.

Chasing down a dream

July 13, 2017
Jenkins, Beverly, 1951- author.
©2017
326 pages : map ; 21 cm.

What we lose : a novel

July 12, 2017
Clemmons, Zinzi, author.
New York : Viking, [2017]
213 pages ; 22 cm
A "novel about a young African-American woman coming of age... Raised in Pennsylvania,Thandi views the world of her mother's childhood in Johannesburg as both impossibly distant and ever present. She is an outsider wherever she goes, caught between being black and white, American and not. She tries to connect these dislocated pieces of her life, and as her mother succumbs to cancer, Thandi searches for an anchor - someone, or something, to love."--Provided by publisher.

My sister's husband : renaissance collection

June 28, 2017
Davis, Ambria, author.
Farmingdale, NY : Urban Books, LLC, [2017]
300 pages ; 21 cm.
Skylar and Brinay Williams are the true definition of zsisters from another mother.y The product of an extramarital affair, Brinay has always been the outsider in her fathers family. When her mother dies unexpectedly, Brinay seizes the opportunity to put some distance between herself and her painful past. A change of scenery seems to be just the cure Brinay needed as she soon finds herself on the path to real happiness, excelling in college with the man of her dreams by her side. Her life is shaping up to be picture-perfectuntil she discovers just how much love her man has to give. Skylar has always been a daddys girl, and when Brinay pops up as the prettier and more likeable outside child, Skylar makes sure to let Brinay know that shes a nonfactor, just like her side-piece mother had been for their father. Skylar is the epitome of spoiled. She moves through life flaunting her wealth and looking down her nose at anyone that she feels is beneath herthat is, until she meets Dontie, whos the complete opposite of her upscale lifestyle. Despite his thuggish ways, Skylar cant resist the sexiest man in Miami, so she jumps at the chance to be his wife. Little does she know he takes zkeeping it in the familyy to a whole new level.

Beautiful nightmare

June 27, 2017
Johnna B., author.
Farmingdale, NY : Urban Books, [2017]
295 pages ; 21 cm
"Raven loves the night life, chasing women and her next high. Men and women fall under her spell at first sight, but she only has eyes for women. She has a little secret that could cause catastrophic results for anyone who encounters her, and it could potentially lead her into a sticky situation. Valencia longs to be loved. Going home to an empty bed every night is starting to wear thin, until she meets Wanya 'Kidd' Brown. Unfortunately, they can never be together, because even if Kidd has stolen her heart, her body belongs to someone else" -- provided by publisher.

Can't stop

June 26, 2017
Johnson, Clifford, author.
Farmingdale, NY : Urban Books, [2017]
331 pages ; 21 cm
"Jason Gaines, better known as Hot Shot, has just buried his mother, father, and little brother after a home invasion. Now the only thing on his mind is finding the people responsible and punishing them severely for taking all that he cared for in this world. Before he can take action, he has to get his money right, and that means turning up his hustle. So, it's off to Dallas, Texas to get money from the streets. He has the connects to give him everything from drugs to weapons. His hustle has to remain on point so he can then redirect his focus on finding the people who murdered his family. Texas is his first stop, but it damn sure won't be his last. He's on a mission, and he Can't Stop!" --Back cover.

A house divided

June 26, 2017
Hill, Donna (Donna O.), author.
New York, NY : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2017]
279 pages ; 21 cm
Includes a reading group guide.
"Journalist Zoie Crawford had to leave New Orleans to finally make her own life. Her grandmother, Claudia, inspired her to follow her dreams—just as her mother, Rose, held on too tight. But with Claudia's passing, Zoie reluctantly returns home, where the past is written in the lonely corners of the bayou and the New South's supercharged corridors of power. And there she discovers a stunning, painstakingly kept secret—one that could skyrocket her career, but destroy another woman’s—and change both their vastly different lives, for better or for much worse. Zoie has always put the truth first. Now, as the line between the personal and professional blurs, and she tries to understand her relatives’ deception, she must face some tough questions. Is there a way to expose the truth and save those you love? And at what cost? Heartfelt, emotional, and revelatory, A House Divided is an unforgettable tale about making the hardest of choices, coming to terms with all you could lose—and finding what forgiveness and family truly mean." --Back cover.

Hustling on the down low

June 26, 2017
Pope, M. T., 1978- author.
Farmingdale, NY : Urban Books, [2017]
278 pages ; 21 cm
In the violent criminal underworld, there is no room for weakness, so the idea of a growing gay mafia in Baltimore is rejected by most people. That doesn't stop kingpin Avery Nelson from striving to come out on top in his battle against Leroy Grant. Avery has faced adversity most of his life, and being a gay black male only adds fuel to the fire already burning within him. After experiencing rejection for so much of his life, Avery has stopped caring about the values of anyone who makes him feel insignificant. Crime and violence are now his preferred method for getting the city's attention. He wants everyone to see that being gay isn't a weakness but a strength. Leroy Grant does not want to see a gay man in charge, especially since in his mind, he is supposed to be where Avery is. A hatred grows inside of him with every mention of Avery and the moves he's making in the streets. Now Leroy's singular mission is to take the top spot for himself. With so much violence and hate, there is no way to tell who will be Baltimore's kingpin and who will be headed to the pen. Who is willing to go down the lowest to get to the top?

Toni

June 22, 2017
Alonge, L. J., author.
New York : Grosset & Dunlap, an imprint of Penguin Random House, ©2017.
127 pages ; 18 cm
"Toni isn't Coach Wise's favorite player on Team Blacktop. Honestly, she's not even in his top five. And if she's being real, her own teammates keep siding with him during practice. But this isn't the first time she's been on her own, and it won't be the last. If you can't count on yourself, who can you count on?" --Back cover.

The Supremes sing the happy heartache blues : a novel

June 21, 2017
Moore, Edward Kelsey, author.
©2017
299 pages ; 24 cm
Sequel to: The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat.
"From the author of the bestselling The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat, an exuberant and poignant new novel of passions, family, and forgiveness. When a late life love affair blooms between Mr. Forrest Payne, the owner of the Pink Slipper Gentleman's Club, and Miss Beatrice Jordan, famous for stationing herself at the edge of the club's parking lot and yelling warnings of eternal damnation at the departing patrons, their wedding summons a legend to town. Mr. El Walker, the great guitar bluesman, comes home to give a command performance in Plainview, Indiana, a place he'd sworn--and for good reason--he'd never set foot in again. But El is not the only Plainview native with a hurdle to overcome. A wildly philandering husband struggles at last to prove his faithfulness to the wife he's always loved. A young transwoman lights out for show biz and Chicago to escape her father's wrath and live an authentic life. And among those in this tightly knit community who show up every Sunday after church for lunch at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat, are the lifelong friends, known locally as "The Supremes"--Clarice, facing down her longing for, chance at and fear of a great career; Barbara Jean, grappling at last with the loss of a mother whose life humiliated both of them, and Odette, reaching toward her husband through an anger of his that she does not understand. Ed Moore's lively cast of characters, each of whom have surmounted serious trouble and come into love, need not learn how to survive but how, fully, to live. And they do, every one of them, serenaded by the bittersweet and unforgettable blues song El Walker plays, born of his own great loss and love"-- Provided by publisher.

Since I laid my burden down

June 19, 2017
Purnell, Brontez, author.
New York : Feminist Press, [2017]
166 pages ; 21 cm.
DeShawn lives a high, artistic, and promiscuous life in San Francisco. But when he's called back to his cramped southern hometown for his uncle's funeral, it's inevitable that he'll be hit by flashbacks of handsome, doomed neighbors and sweltering Sunday services. Amidst prickly reminders of his childhood, DeShawn ponders family, church, and the men in his life, prompting the question: Who deserves love? Since I Laid My Burden Down is a raw, funny, and uninhibited novella that traces a queer black man's sexual and artistic awakenings as he stumbles-often painfully, sometimes joyously-down memory lane.--Provided by publisher.

Everybody's son : a novel

June 15, 2017
Umrigar, Thrity N., author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
viii, 336 pages ; 24 cm
"During a terrible heat wave in 1991--the worst in a decade--ten-year-old Anton has been locked in an apartment in the projects, alone, for seven days, without air conditioning or a fan. With no electricity, the refrigerator and lights do not work. Hot, hungry, and desperate, Anton shatters a window and climbs out. Cutting his leg on the broken glass, he is covered in blood when the police find him. Juanita, his mother, is discovered in a crack house less than three blocks away, nearly unconscious and half-naked. When she comes to, she repeatedly asks for her baby boy. She never meant to leave Anton--she went out for a quick hit and was headed right back, until her drug dealer raped her and kept her high. Though the bond between mother and son is extremely strong, Anton is placed with child services while Juanita goes to jail. The Harvard-educated son of a US senator, Judge David Coleman is a scion of northeastern white privilege. Desperate to have a child in the house again after the tragic death of his teenage son, David uses his power and connections to keep his new foster son, Anton, with him and his wife, Delores--actions that will have devastating consequences in the years to come. Following in his adopted family's footsteps, Anton, too, rises within the establishment. But when he discovers the truth about his life, his birth mother, and his adopted parents, this man of the law must come to terms with the moral complexities of crimes committed by the people he loves most" -- provided by publisher.

Supreme & Justice

June 9, 2017
Morris, Ernest, author.
Laveen, AZ : Good2Go Publishing, 2017.
213 pages ; 22 cm
Twin brothers Supreme and Justice were raised separately in foster care. The estranged brothers have gone on contrasting quests for respect. Now, they may be on a dangerous collision course as well.

Sin of a woman

June 8, 2017
Roby, Kimberla Lawson, author.
New York ; Boston : Grand Central Publishing, 2017.
312 pages ; 24 cm.
"Raven Black is bouncing back after her very public divorce from Dillon. He's done everything he can to discredit her, but she's learned from her mistakes and him. In fact, she's become her ex-husband in more ways than one and is slowly but surely leading those connected to her down a terrible path of destruction. Playing with the lives of innocent people has dire consequences, the kind that Raven won't see coming."--Provided by publisher.

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