How the borders of an ethnic group are determined—who belongs to, or who should be classified as belonging to, a particular group—has been the subject of much debate, especially when it underlies such issues as migration, immigration, diversity, and multiculturalism, racial and postracial identity, and citizenship.--"Ethnicity." Encyclopedia of Identity
A multi-generational, relentlessly paced story about violence and recovery, hope and loss, identity and power, dislocation and communion, and the beauty and despair woven into the history of a nation and its people.
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer.
America Is Not the Heart is a sprawling, soulful debut about three generations of Filipino women in one family struggling to balance the promise of the American dream and the unshakeable grip of history.
The saga of a young man and his venture into the underground railroad, his quest for answers concerning his mother's disappearance, and his special abilities which he believes he inherited from her and his African ancestors.
When the body of Lydia Lee, a popular Chinese American girl living in 1970s small-town Ohio is found in a local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping her family together tumbles into chaos, forcing them to confront the long-kept secrets that have been slowly pulling them apart.
Based on an actual manuscript discovered by Gates, and perhaps the first novel written by an African American woman. Tells the story of Hannah Crafts, a young slave working on a wealthy North Carolina plantation, who runs away in a bid for freedom in the North.
Beginning in 1968, a motley cast of students, laborers, artists, revolutionaries, and provocateurs from San Francisco's Chinatown make their way through the history of the day, becoming caught in a riptide of politics and passion, clashing ideologies and personal turmoil that culminate in their effort to save the International Hotel--epicenter of the Yellow Power Movement.
Hortense Joseph arrives in London from Jamaica in 1948 with her life in her suitcase, her heart broken, her resolve intact. Her husband, Gilbert Joseph, returns from the war expecting to be received as a hero, but finds his status as a black man in Britain to be second class.
Two novels written during the Harlem Renaissance. Quicksand addresses the racial issues faced by a post-Civil War, post-Reconstructionist America while telling the story of a young, intelligent woman growing up in a society where not only is her ethnicity an issue, but her gender is as well.
The Sellout showcases a comic genius at the top of his game. It challenges the most sacred tenets of the U.S. Constitution, urban life, the civil rights movement, the father-son relationship, and the holy grail of racial equality--the black Chinese restaurant.
Matthew Townes is a medical student expelled because his race bars him from the required course in obstetrics in a white hospital. Self-exiled in Berlin after his political idealism is corrupted, Townes falls in love with Princess Kautilya, daughter of a maharajah, and joins her international team in which people of color unite against white imperialism.
When Harlan and his best friend, trumpeter Lizard Robbins, are invited to perform at a popular cabaret in the Parisian enclave of Montmartre, Harlan jumps at the opportunity. But after the City of Light falls under Nazi occupation, Harlan and Lizard are thrown into Buchenwald-- the notorious concentration camp in Weimar, Germany.
Beloved patriarch Miguel Angel de La Cruz has summoned his entire clan for one last birthday bash. As the party approaches, his nearly one-hundred-year-old mother dies, transforming the weekend into a farewell doubleheader. Among the guests is Big Angel's half brother who must reckon with his identity as part gringo and with the differences between his siblings' lives and his own.
June, 1957. One hot afternoon in the backwaters of the Deep South, a young black farmer named Tucker Caliban salts his fields, shoots his horse, burns his house, and heads north with his wife and child. His departure sets off an exodus of the state’s entire black population, throwing the established order into brilliant disarray.
Stories about Indians in India and America. The story, 'A Temporary Matter, ' is on mixed marriage, 'Mrs. Sen's' is on the adaptation of an immigrant to the U.S., and in the title story, an interpreter guides an American family through the India of their ancestors.
A young Swedish boy finds himself in penniless and alone in California. He travels East in search of his brother, moving on foot against the great push to the West, meeting naturalists, criminals, religious fanatics, Indians, and lawmen.Diaz defies the conventions of historical fiction and genre, offering a probing look at the stereotypes that populate our past and a portrait of radical foreignness.
In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people embark on a furtive love affair, thrust into premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors--doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price.
Kai Ting is the only American-born son of an aristocratic Mandarin family that fled China in the wake of Mao’s revolution. Growing up in San Francisco’s ghetto, Kai is caught between two worlds—embracing neither the Chinese nor the American way of life
In this multifaceted novel, four distinct lives a railroad barons valet, Hollywoods first Chinese movie star, a hate-crime victim, and a biracial writer visiting China for an adoption capture over a century of American history while showing the strength of a community even as family connections are tested.
Follows one Korean family, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them all. Deserted by her lover, Sunja is saved when a young tubercular minister offers to marry and bring her to Japan. So begins a saga of a family in exile from its homeland and caught in the indifferent arc of history.
Aimee develops grand philanthropic ambitions, and her story moves from London to West Africa, where diaspora tourists travel back in time to find their roots, young men risk their lives to escape into a different future, the women dance, and the origins of a profound inequality are not a matter of distant history, but a present dance to the music of time.
An anthology that reexamines the history of the form across a broader, more inclusive spectrum. The result is a collection that stretches the boundaries of the American literary landscape, including work ranging from animal stories of the Northwest Coast Eyaks to African-American folklore to reflections on the American Muslim experience.
It is the story of eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove -- a girl in an America whose love for its blond, blue-eyed children can devastate all others -- who prays for her eyes to turn blue. This is the story of the nightmare at the heart of her yearning, and the tragedy of its fulfillment.
Johnson's characters traverse Virginia's landscapes, still stained by some of America's most heinous acts, in pursuit of a place to call home. In each story, she reveals intimate moments within the nation's multitudes, featuring unforgettable characters who struggle beneath burdened inheritances yet manage to persist and love.
Ailey embarks on a journey through her family's past, uncovering the shocking tales of generations of ancestors--Indigenous, Black, and white--in the deep South. In doing so Ailey must learn to embrace her full heritage, a legacy of oppression and resistance, bondage and independence, cruelty and resilience that is the story--and the song--of America itself.
A whip-smart and dynamic thriller and sly social commentary that is perfect for anyone who has ever felt manipulated, threatened, or overlooked in the workplace, The Other Black Girl will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last twist.
Eva Mercy is a single mom and bestselling erotica writer who is feeling pressed from all sides. Shane Hall is a reclusive, enigmatic, award-winning novelist, who, to everyone's surprise, shows up in New York. When Shane and Eva meet unexpectedly at a literary event, sparks fly, raising not only their buried traumas, but the eyebrows of the Black literati.
Thomas Wazhashk is the night watchman at the jewel-bearing plant, the first factory located near the Turtle Mountain Reservation in rural North Dakota. He is also a Chippewa council member who is trying to understand the consequences of a new "emancipation" bill on its way to the floor of the United States Congress.