African-American Literary Fiction of the New Century

These are some of the most critically-acclaimed titles written by African-American authors since the year 2000, all set in the United States between 1900 and the present day. All of these titles are located in the Adult Fiction section of the Library.


Clair, Maxine. October Suite. 2001.

Coleman, Wanda. Jazz and Twelve O’clock Tales: New Stories. 2008.

Cooper, J. California. Life Is Short but Wide. 2009.
     Also available: CD

Delany, Samuel R. Dark Reflections. 2007.

Edgerton, Clyde. Night Train. 2011.
     Also available: Large Type, CD

Evans, Danielle. Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self. 2010.

Everett, Percival. I Am Not Sidney Poitier. 2009.

Grooms, Anthony. Bombingham. 2001.

Jones, Tayari. Silver Sparrow. 2011.
     Also available: CD

Marshall, Paule. The Fisher King. 2000.

McKinney-Whetstone, Dianne. Leaving Cecil Street. 2004.

Moseley, Walter. The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey. 2010.
     Also available: Large Type, CD

Packer, ZZ. Drinking Coffee Elsewhere. 2003.
     Also available: CD, Digital Player

Parks, Suzan-Lori. Getting Mother’s Body. 2003.
     Also available: CD

Pate, Aleks D. West of Rehoboth. 2001.

Phillips, Caryl. Dancing in the Dark. 2005.

Phillips, Delores. The Darkest Child. 2004.

Reed, Ishmael. Juice. 2011.

Shange, Ntozake and Bayeza, Ifa. Some Sing, Some Cry. 2008.
     Also available: CD

Southgate, Martha. The Taste of Salt. 2011.

Straight, Susan. Take One Candle, Light a Room. 2010.

Touré. Soul City. 2004.

Ward, Jessmyn. Salvage the Bones. 2011.

Whitehead, Colson. Sag Harbor. 2009.
     Also available: Large Type, CD, eAudiobook

Wideman, John Edgar. Fanon. 2008.

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