Help! I need a book to read. I'm going on vacation and I want to be swept away. If I had my choice I'd finish Ntozake Shange's Some Sing, Some Cry, which I got about a third of the way into a couple of years ago before life interrupted. I loved that book, and was desperately looking for my personally signed copy, when I came across all these others (pictured above) that I remember like loving friends. Douglass' Women by Jewell Parker Rhodes, Tayari Jones' Silver Sparrow & Bridgett Davis' Shifting Through Neutral are a few others that left a lasting impression on my soul.
Even though I read some of these novels more than a decade ago, they are stories I want to go on - characters whose lives I wish would not be so finalized. I still drag out reading the end of a book I'm relishing, praying it will never end, and having the nerve to be almost angry at the author when it does. All but one of these are works of historical fiction and have complex black women as leading characters. The writing is lush and literary - and as soon as I saw or thought about each, I remembered the decisions the characters made, its impact on their lives, and how those situations resonated with me so deeply that I felt connected and empathetic to them.
I only get to disappear totally into an engrossing novel about once a year, so I'm gonna be selfish with this choice. I don't want to read anything related to the news or my profession, or that's informed by social media or pop culture. I want to physically & mentally go away. So if you've got any recommendations for some wonderfully written historical fiction, I'd appreciate a heads up. Even if I find Some Sing, Some Cry, I'll be elated to have a list - and I may even try to get in a few more during the year!
I'm thankful when talented writers share their gifts and I have nothing but gratitude for of all the authors highlighted in this post, including Kuwana Haulsey, Denise Nicholas, Margaret Cezair-Thompson, Florence Ladd and Rosalyn Story.
Keep on Enjoyceinglife - it's incredible!