Welcome back to Three to Read, book nerds! As we reach the end of Black History Month, we want to continue uplifting and highlighting Black authors catching our eye in 2022. This week, we have found three new fiction novels that revolve around justice, family, and friendship. We hope you add them to your TBR list too!
by Megan Giddings
For our first pick, we enter a dystopian world where women must be married by the age of 30 or else give up their freedom and be closely monitored. Josephine Thomas is a 28-year-old Black woman searching for her mother, who mysteriously disappeared 14 years prior. There are many theories behind her disappearance, the most striking one being that she could be a witch. With her control over her life at stake, Jo takes the opportunity to fulfill one last request from her mother. Leaving her familiar life behind, she hopes to feel connected to her mysterious mother.
Megan Giddings, best known for her debut novel Lakewood, has created a dystopian world seeped in social commentary. Filled with witches in a controlling society, young women like Jo are the most vulnerable targets. There are countless obstacles Jo must face based on her identity alone. What promises to be a story of a young woman flying above her limitations, The Women Could Fly will be released on August 9th, 2022.
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by Tomi Obaro
When Enitan, Funmi, and Zainab met at a university in Nigeria, they could not have been more different. But despite the differences in their upbringing and personalities, the three form a unique friendship. Throughout the novel, each experiences love and loss, eventually leading to the three not speaking to each other. About thirty years later, Funmi’s daughter, Destiny, is getting married, and the women reunite. As the wedding day approaches and things are amiss, the three former friends, and the wisdom they have earned, will help make a tough decision.
Del Weds Destiny is Tomi Obaro’s debut novel. It features a wide array of women at various points in their lives, giving weight to the wisdom that they all have to share. This story also follows multiple relationships, including familial, romantic, and platonic, showing how vital each is. To witness the beautiful power of this friendship, be sure to check it out on June 28th, 2022!
by N.E. Davenport
Blood is what rules all in our final pick. Too much blood has been spilled, and too many secrets are being kept from the Republic of Mareen. When Ikeena’s grandfather is murdered under suspicious circumstances, her blood flows with revenge and uncovering the truth. Ikeena pledges herself to the Praetorian Trials, a deadly initiation, and is subjected to misogyny and racism due to her half-Khanaian heritage. They don’t know that Ikeena has a secret of her own, and if found out, it could be her blood spilled next. With Ikeena joining the Praetorians, Mareena will no longer be at peace.
The Blood Trials is not only N.E. Davenport’s debut novel but also the first installment of The Blood Gift Duology. The books blend magic and science fiction and insert them into a society dominated by misogyny and racism. Ikeena faces both of these issues as she is loyal to herself and her blood. To see her resilient journey, you can order the novel on April 5th, 2022!
Need more recommendations for your TBR list? Check out last week’s Three to Read here!