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Epic sagas, magical tales, historical novels, and multi-generational stories of love, loss, and family abound in this spring’s crop of prose and poetry by Black women writers. Usher in the season of rebirth, renewal, and reawakening with these great reads!

Solemn by Kalisha Buckhanon

Solemn Redvine dreams of stardom as her real life comes undone: a baby is dropped down a well in her trailer park community, a mother disappears, and her father’s mistakes land Solemn in a group home for troubled girls. In Solemn, American Library Association Award-winning author Kalisha Buckhanon crafts a story of a wise-beyond-her-years Mississippi girl’s search for self and truth.

Know the Mother by Desiree Cooper

Desiree Cooper’s Know the Mother is a stark meditation on the many roles of a mother–creator, nurturer, protector–alongside the often unspoken fears and desires that mothers have. This deeply emotional debut collection of flash fiction explores the roles that gender and race play in the experience of motherhood. Cooper’s collage of stories reflect the complex lives of women as grandmothers, daughters, sisters, and wives.

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