List of 108 Books With Black Protagonists

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Title Author Published Genre
A Grain of Wheat Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o 1967 Novel, historical novel, Historical Fiction
Action Words: Journey of a Journalist Shaune Bordere 2017 Historical Fiction
All the Things We Never Knew Liara Tamani 2020 Young adult fiction
Along Came a Spider James Patterson 1993 Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Crime novel, Psychological Fiction, Police procedural, Crime Fiction
American Gods Neil Gaiman 2001 Novel, Horror fiction, Fantasy Fiction, High fantasy, Contemporary fantasy
An Extraordinary Union Alyssa Cole 2017 Romance novel, Historical Fiction, Spy fiction
Anansi Boys Neil Gaiman 2005 Novel, Humour, Fantasy Fiction, Adventure fiction
Anthills of the Savannah Chinua Achebe 1987 Political fiction
Arrow of God Chinua Achebe 1964 Novel, Fiction
Ascension Jacqueline Koyanagi 2013 Science Fiction
Beloved Toni Morrison 1987 Novel, Magical Realism, Historical Fiction
Binti Nnedi Okorafor 2015 Science Fiction
Binti: Home Nnedi Okorafor 2017 Science Fiction, Space opera
Binti: The Night Masquerade Nnedi Okorafor 2018 Science Fiction, Space opera
Black Boy Richard Wright 1945 Novel, Autobiography, Biography, Künstlerroman
Black Mamba Boy Nadifa Mohamed 2010 Novel, historical novel, Historical Fiction, Adventure fiction, Roman à clef
Blanche on the Lam Barbara Neely 1992 Mystery, Detective novel
Bluebird, Bluebird Attica Locke 2017 Novel, Mystery, Thriller, Noir fiction
Breaking His Rules Aliza Mann 2019 Fiction, Romance novel, Contemporary romance
Brown Girl Dreaming Jacqueline Woodson 2014 Poetry, Novel, Biography, Autobiography, Children's literature
Buck: A Memoir M.K. Asante 2013 Biography, Autobiography, Memoir
Cold Lick Cortez Law III 2015 Criminal
Cry of Metal & Bone L. Penelope 2016 Fantasy Fiction, Romantic fantasy, Historical fantasy
Deathless Divide Justina Ireland 2020 Horror fiction, Alternate history, Fantasy Fiction, Adventure fiction
Dessa Rose Sherley Anne Williams 1986 Fiction
Destiny's Surrender Beverly Jenkins 2013 Romance novel, Historical Fiction, Historical romance
Devil in a Blue Dress Walter Mosley 1990 Mystery, Fiction, Cultural, Thriller
Diary of a Freedom Writer: The Experience Darrius Garrett 2013 Autobiography
Elijah of Buxton Christopher Paul Curtis 2007 Historical Fiction
Engaging Brooke Dara Girard 2014 Romance novel, Adventure fiction, Contemporary romance
Every Last Breath Juno Rushdan 2019 Fiction, Romance novel, Mystery, Thriller, Contemporary romance, Romantic Suspense
False Value (Rivers of London) Ben Aaronovitch 2020 Fantasy Fiction, Mystery
For God, Country and the Confederacy Winston A. Jones 2002 Historical Fiction
Go Tell It on the Mountain James Baldwin 1953 Autobiographical novel, Fictional Autobiography
God Walks The Dark Hills: Book I & II B. L. Blankenship 2020 Horror fiction, Western fiction
Goldie Vance Vol. 1 Hope Larson 2016 Comics, Fiction, Graphic novel
Half of a Yellow Sun Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 2006 Novel, Historical Fiction, Political fiction
His Dark Lady Victoria Lamb 2013 Romance novel, Thriller, Suspense, Historical Fiction
Invisible Man Ralph Ellison 1952 Novel, Fiction, Bildungsroman
Jessi's Secret Language Ann M. Martin 1988 Fiction
Jubilee Margaret Walker 1966 Novel, Saga, historical novel, Historical Fiction, War story
Judges: When The Light Lay Still Charles J. Eskew 2019 Fiction
Kaffir Boy: An Autobiography Mark Mathabane 1986 Biography, Autobiography, Speculative fiction
Kaya Abaniah and the Father of the Forest Wayne Gerard Trotman 2015 Science Fiction, Adventure fiction, Paranormal fiction
Kindred Octavia E. Butler 1979 Novel, Science Fiction, Psychological Fiction, Feminist science fiction
Kremlin Tide Cortez Law III 2014 Suspense
Liberty Ginger Jamison 2013 Fiction, Romance novel, Contemporary romance
Liccle Bit Alex Wheatle 2015 Fiction
Light Under the House Aaron L. 2011 Literature, Fantasy, Novels, Fiction
Little Miss Strange Winston Blakely 2008 Comics
Lovecraft Country Matt Ruff 2016 Novel, Horror fiction, Historical Fiction, Dark fantasy, Fantasy Fiction, Historical fantasy
Loving Laney Harmony Evans 2014 Fiction, Romance novel, Contemporary romance
Lyrics Alley Leila Aboulela 2010 Novel, Historical Fiction
Mudbound Hillary Jordan 2008 Novel, Historical Fiction
Native Son Richard Wright 1940 Novel, Psychological Fiction, Social novel
No Answer R.L. Stine 1998 Young Adult, Horror, Childrens, Mystery
No One Here Is Lonely Sarah Everett 2019 Young adult fiction
November Blues Sharon M. Draper 2007 Fiction
Oil Man of Obange John Okechukwu Munonye 1971 Cultural
Purple Hibiscus Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 2003 Novel, Fiction, Bildungsroman
Qualified Immunity Sylvie Fox 2014 Mystery, Contemporary, Thriller
Roots: The Saga of an American Family Alex Haley 1976 Novel, Biography, Historical Fiction, Fictional Autobiography
S.Y.P.H.E.N. Cortez Law III 2015 Military science fiction
Scarlett Undercover Jennifer Latham 2015 Mystery, Young adult fiction, Paranormal fiction
Serial Games K. Victoria Chase 2012 Fiction, Romance novel, Suspense
So Long a Letter Mariama Bâ 1979 Novel, Fiction, Epistolary novel
Song of Solomon Toni Morrison 1977 Novel, Domestic Fiction
Sounder William H. Armstrong 1969 Novel, Children's literature, Young adult fiction
Sweet to the Taste Alyssa Cole 2014 Erotic literature, Fiction
Tales of the Astonishing Black Spark Charlie J. Eskew 2018 Satire, Science Fiction, Adventure fiction, Science fiction comedy, Superhero fiction
The Amazing Story Of Adolphus Tips Michael Morpurgo 2005 Fiction
The Ballad of Black Tom Victor LaValle 2016 Horror fiction, Dark fantasy, Paranormal fiction
The Black Fairy and The Dragonfly: Escape From The Dark Queen Paul G. Day 2014 Fairy tale
The Blood of Titans C. Michael Forsyth 2013 Fiction, Romance novel
The Bluest Eye Toni Morrison 1970 Novel, Fiction, Bildungsroman
The Book of Negroes Lawrence Hill 2007 Novel, Historical Fiction, historical novel
The Butler: A Witness to History Wil Haygood 2013 Biography
The Chaos Nalo Hopkinson 2012 Young adult fiction, Fantasy Fiction, Occult Fiction, Paranormal fiction
The Cleansing Michael Connor 2016 Fiction
The Color Purple Alice Walker 1982 Novel, Epistolary novel, Domestic Fiction
The Dispossessed Ursula K. Le Guin 1974 Science Fiction, Politics, Philosophy
The End of the Line Jim Power 2013 Romance novel
The Given Day Dennis Lehane 2008 Novel, Suspense, Historical Fiction, Psychological Fiction
The Good Enough Husband Sylvie Fox 2014 Romance novel, Chivalric romance, Contemporary romance, Domestic Fiction
The Help Kathryn Stockett 2009 Novel, historical novel, Historical Fiction
The Jumbie God’s Revenge Tracey Baptiste 2019 Science Fiction Fantasy, Adventure
The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey Walter Mosley 2010 Mystery, Psychological Fiction, Urban fiction, Domestic Fiction
The Last Last-Day-of-Summer Lamar Giles 2019 Science Fiction, Adventure fiction, Time Travel Fiction
The Magic in Changing Your Stars Leah Henderson 2020 Fantasy Fiction, Time Travel Fiction
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Alexander McCall Smith 1998 Crime novel
The Old Man and the Medal Ferdinand Oyono 1956 Fiction
The Pirate's Daughter Margaret Cezair-Thompson 2007 Historical Fiction
The Pull Out Method Lucky Stevens 2011 Fiction, Thriller
The Root Na'amen Gobert Tilahun 2016 Dark fantasy, Fantasy Fiction, Urban fantasy, Contemporary fantasy, Paranormal Fantasy
The Season of Styx Malone Kekla Magoon 2018 Adventure fiction
The Sound of Stars Alechia Dow 2020 Science Fiction, Young adult fiction, Dystopian Fiction, Apocalyptic fiction
The Water of Sunlight Eugenia O'Neal 2012 Addiction
Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe 1958 Novel, Historical Fiction
Three Parts Dead Max Gladstone 2012 Fantasy Fiction, Urban fantasy, Contemporary fantasy, Legal Story
To Catch a Stolen Soul R.L. Naquin 2017 Fantasy Fiction, Urban fantasy, Contemporary fantasy, Paranormal Fantasy
Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky Kwame Mbalia 2019 Science Fiction, Fantasy Fiction, Adventure fiction, Paranormal fiction
Truly Madly Royally Debbie Rigaud 2019 Fiction
Twelve Years a Slave Solomon Northup 1853 Biography, Autobiography, Slave narrative
Under Color of Law Sylvie Fox 2015 Fiction
Veterans of the Psychic Wars Wayne Gerard Trotman 2010 Science Fiction, Adventure fiction, Paranormal Fantasy
Way Too Much Drama Earl Sewell 2013 Young adult fiction
Wench Dolen Perkins-Valdez 2010 Historical Fiction
Who Fears Death Nnedi Okorafor 2010 Science Fiction, Fantasy Fiction

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