On The Come Up - Angie Thomas
Plot: Bri, a 16-year-old, wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least she wants to make it out of her neighborhood one day. She's the daughter of an underground rap legend who died before he hit big, and Bri’s got big shoes to fill. When her mom unexpectedly loses her job, food banks and shutoff notices becomes part of Bri’s life just like the beats and rhymes. With bills piling up and homelessness staring her family down, Bri no longer just wants to make it—she has to make it.
Release: 5th February 2019
A Woman Is No Man - Etaf Rum
Plot: Three generations of Palestinian-American women living in Brooklyn are torn between individual desire and the strict mores of Arab culture. The story starts in Palestine 1990 where Isra prefers the world of her books to the suitors her father is setting her up with. A week later, she finds herself quickly married and living in Brooklyn. Isra struggles to adapt to the expectations of her mother-in-law and husband.
Fast forward to Brooklyn, 2008. Eighteen-year-old Deya, Isra’s oldest daughter, is forced to meet with suitors at the insistence of her grandmother, though her only desire is to go to college. Deya wonders if her options hadn't been different if her parents had survived the car crash. But as fate has a will of its own, and soon Deya finds herself on an unexpected path that leads her to shocking truths about her family.
Release: 5th March 2019
Queenie - Candice Carty-Williams
Plot: Queenie is a 25-year-old British- Jamaican woman straddling two cultures and slotting neatly into neither. She works at a national newspaper where she navigates a sea of white middle-class peers. After a messy break-up from her long-term white, boyfriend seeks solace in some terrible men. Which begins her quest on discovering what she aims to do with life. Queenie is a relatable exploration of what it means to be a modern woman searching for meaning in today’s world.
Release: 11 April 2019
Sabrina & Corina - Kali Fajardo-Anstine
Plot: Sabrina & Corina is a short story collection about friendship, mothers, and daughters, and the deep-rooted truths of our homelands, it is centered on Latinas of indigenous ancestry and shines a new light on the American West.
Release: 2nd April 2019
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