Last month was a celebration of Black history. And this month, we recognize the contributions of women in the fight for equality.
In a continuation of that spirit, this post is dedicated to 3 works of fiction written by Black female authors, which were previously reviewed on booksandbevs7.
Whatever Happened To Interracial Love? by Kathleen Collins
Each of the stories in the collection carries its own weight, drawing on various themes, such as, love, family, race, ambition, death, control, and perception. Although each story is unique, they are arranged beautifully in this book. One flows into the next seamlessly, presenting a robust depiction of the African-American experience. An experience that combines tragedy and humor, commonalities and idiosyncrasies. It truly is a gift that over 30 years after her death, Kathleen Collins’ amazing talent has been rediscovered.
Song For Anninho by Gayl Jones
Song For Anninho (written in free-verse) is a mesmerizing work that exhibits both the beauty and brutality of the character’s circumstances… [and] confirms my belief that Gayl Jones is one of the most underrated and underappreciated writers in the sphere of American Literature. I hope that won’t always be the case.
Wild Seed by Octavia Butler
Wild Seed is an epic fantasy love-hate story. Octavia Butler creates a world of interesting and complex superhumans. People with various capabilities: mind-reading, thought-manipulation, clairvoyance, super-strength, and regenerative as well as destructive powers. These powers come at a tremendous physical and psychological cost. And that creates much of the conflict within the story. (https://booksandbevs7.org/2020/07/26/book-review-time-wild-seed/)
I highly recommend all three of these titles. If you’ve read them, let me know your thoughts in the comment section. And if you like, join in the celebration by including your favorite titles from Black female writers.