Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi
A young Nigerian woman, Ada, is born a troubled baby, grows into a volatile child, and develops alternate selves after a traumatic assault as a college student in America. As Ada fades into the background of her own mind and these selves, now protective, now hedonistic, move into control, Ada's life spirals in a dark and dangerous direction.
A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood
After the sudden death of his longtime lover, George must adjust to life on his own as a professor in Southern California in the early 1960s. During the course of an ordinary day, George is haunted by memories as he seeks connections with the world around him.
An American Marriage: A Novel by Tayari Jones
Newlyweds Celestial and Roy, the living embodiment of the New South, are settling into the routine of their life together when Roy is sent to prison for a crime he didn't commit. An insightful look into the lives of people who are bound and separated by forces beyond their control.
We Cast a Shadow: A Novel by Maurice Carlos Ruffin
In a society plagued by racism, segregation, and private prisons, an operation saves lives with a controversial method--by turning people white. The narrator wants what is best for his biracial son, and has to decide if the operation is the only thing that will save him.
The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After by Clemantine Wamariya, Elizabeth Weil
It was 1994, and in 100 days, more than 800,000 people would be murdered in Rwanda and millions more displaced. Six-year-old Clemantine Wamariya and sister Claire spent the next six years wandering through seven African countries searching for safety and hiding while witnessing unimaginable cruelty.