Boston Public Library
Black Is... 1996: Fiction 
Booklists for Adults

*AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A FAMILY PHOTOGRAPH. Jacqueline Woodson.
Coming of age in the urban ghettoes of the 1960s and '70s.

*THE BETWEEN. Tananarive Due.
One man's quest to reconcile dreams with reality and the supernatural with the normal.

CROSSING OVER JORDAN. Linda Beatrice Brown.
The struggles of four generations of African-American women.

A DRINK BEFORE WAR. Dennis Lehane.
A detective tale which examines the tensions between Irish and African-Americans in present-day Dorchester.

ETHIOPIAN STORIES. Goerge Schuyler.
Two novellas.

FIRE IN THE CANES. Glenville Lovell.
A tale of love, mysticism, and ultimate sacrifice in the West Indies.

*THE GOOD NEGRESS. A.J. Verdelle.
The saga of a young girl struggling towards womanhood.

HANGING BY HER TEETH. Bonnie Greer.
A lonely blueswoman searches for her father and finds herself.

ILLEGAL MOTION. Grif Stockley.
Allegations of date rape in an interracial relationship ignite a Southern university campus.

KRIK? KRAK! Edwidge Danticat.
Ten short stories about the lives of modern-day Haitians.

THE LONGEST MEMORY. Fred D'Aguiar.
A slave is tricked into betraying his son with tragic consequences.

POINT OF DARKNESS. Mike Phillips.
From London to Queens and back in search of a serial killer.

RL'S DREAM. Walter Mosley.
Soupspoon Wise's entire life was driven by his brief friendship and musical performances with the great Robert Johnson.

*SPOOKS, SPIES, AND PRIVATE EYES: BLACK MYSTERY, CRIME, AND SUSPENSE FICTION.
An anthology.

TRAITOR TO THE RACE. Darieck Scott.
An unemployed New York actor wrestles with his identity and his gay lifestyle.

THE WEDDING. Dorothy West.
Issues of race, skin tone, and class come to a boil on Martha's Vineyard.

WILD EMBERS. Anita Bunkley.
A young Army nurse experiences love and loss in the World War II American South.

*Recommended for Teens

This selected list was compiled by Alan Babner, Fields Corner Branch; Elisa Birdsseye-Clark, General Library Reader and Information Services; Sara F. Ennis, Brighton/Faneuil Branch Libraries; Jacquelyn Hogan, Egleston Square/Grove Hall Branch Libraries; Marilyn Poindexter, General Library, Teen Services; Karen L. Williams, Connolly Branch; Sara Markell, Chairperson, Codman Square Branch.