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2021 Books To Read by Caribbean Authors

There are some exceptionally talented Caribbean authors with new books releasing in 2021. These books are from various genres, and they all take a look at the Caribbean experience.  Caribbean history, colonization, slavery, immigration, mythology, culture, family life, and love.  From exciting debut novels to authors you’re already acquainted with, we are sure you’ll find something to pique your interest. So make space on your bookshelves, stop by your favorite indie bookstore, and make those library requests after you’ve browsed our list of 2021 books to read by Caribbean Authors!

Popisho by Leone Ross

Popisho by Leone Ross

A portrait of community, a meditation on desire and addiction, and a critique of the legacies of corruption and colonialism.

One of the Good Ones by Maika Moulite Maritza Moulite

One of the Good Ones by Maika Moulite Maritza Moulite

A shockingly powerful exploration of the lasting impact of prejudice and the indomitable spirit of sisterhood that will have readers questioning what it truly means to be an ally.

How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House by Cherie Jones

How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House by Cherie Jones

How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House is an intimate and visceral portrayal of interconnected lives, across race and class, in a rapidly changing resort town.

Instructions for Dancing by Nicole Yoon

Instructions for Dancing by Nicole Yoon

Evie Thomas doesn’t believe in love anymore. Especially after the strangest thing occurs one otherwise ordinary afternoon: She witnesses a couple kiss and is overcome with a vision of how their romance began . . . and how it will end. After all, even the greatest love stories end with a broken heart, eventually.

Your Corner Dark by Desmond Hall

Your Corner Dark by Desmond Hall

A searing and gritty debut novel that takes an unflinching look at the harsh realities of gang life in Jamaica and how far a teen is willing to go for family.

Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour

Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour

Black Buck is a hilarious, razor-sharp skewering of America’s workforce; it is a propulsive, crackling debut that explores ambition and race, and makes way for a necessary new vision of the American dream.

What’s Mine and Yours by Naima Coster

What’s Mine and Yours by Naima Coster

What’s Mine and Yours is an expansive, vibrant tapestry that moves between the years, from the foothills of North Carolina, to Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Paris. It explores the unique organism that is every family: what breaks them apart and how they come back together.

Hurricane Summer by Asha Bromfield

Hurricane Summer by Asha Bromfield

In this sweeping debut, Asha Bromfield takes readers to the heart of Jamaica, and into the soul of a girl coming to terms with her family, and herself, set against the backdrop of a hurricane.

Island Queen by Vanessa Riley

Island Queen by Vanessa Riley

A remarkable, sweeping historical novel based on the incredible true life story of Dorothy Kirwan Thomas, a free woman of color who rose from slavery to become one of the wealthiest and most powerful landowners in the colonial West Indies.

Where the Rhythm Takes You by Sarah Dass

Where the Rhythm Takes You by Sarah Dass

Inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion, Where the Rhythm Takes You is a romantic, mesmerizing novel of first love and second chances.

No Gods, No Monsters by Cadwell Turnbull

No Gods, No Monsters by Cadwell Turnbull

One October morning, Laina gets the news that her brother was shot and killed by Boston cops. But what looks like a case of police brutality soon reveals something much stranger. Monsters are real. And they want everyone to know it.

Within These Wicked Walls by Lauren Blackwood

Within These Wicked Walls by Lauren Blackwood

Andromeda is a debtera–an exorcist hired to cleanse households of the Evil Eye. She would be hired, that is, if her mentor hadn’t thrown her out before she could earn her license. Now her only hope of steady work is to find a Patron–a rich, well-connected individual who will vouch for her abilities.

What do you think about the books on this list?

Have you read any books from this list?  What are your favorite books by Caribbean authors?  What books would you add to the list?

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