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Image description: A blonde in black stands on the right in front of a brick wall painted in a rainbow gradient. Imposed on the picture is the text that follows: "THE LIT CLUB presents JUNE EDITION". *The following images in this post are the covers for each book listed.
To commemorate Pride Month as well as the victims lost at the Pulse shooting last year, the books chosen for this June’s Lit Club have LGBTQ+ characters or/and authors, as well as a few novels that feature Caribbean authors, as it is Caribbean Heritage Month. Enjoy!
All Over Again by A-dZiko Simba Gegele
Growing up is hard. You know this. And when your mother has X-ray eyes and dances like a wobbling bag of water? When your father’s idea of fun is to put all your money in a savings account and make you get up at 5 am every Sunday morning? When Kenny, Percival Thorton High’s big show-off, is after Christina Parker - you're Christina Parker? And when you have a shrimp of a little sister who is the bawlingest little six-year-old girl in the whole of Riverland? Then growing up is something you're not sure you can manage at all. Who in their right mind could? Who? You? - Goodreads
Augustown by Kei Miller
From the winner of the Forward Prize, Augustown is a magical and haunting novel set in the underbelly of Jamaica.
Ma Taffy may be blind but she sees everything. So when her great-nephew Kaia comes home from school in tears, what she senses sends a deep fear running through her. While they wait for his mama to come home from work, Ma Taffy recalls the story of the flying preacherman and a great thing that did not happen. A poor suburban sprawl in the Jamaican heartland, Augustown is a place where many things that should happen don’t, and plenty of things that shouldn’t happen do. For the story of Kaia leads back to another momentous day in Jamaican history, the birth of the Rastafari and the desire for a better life. - Goodreads
Black White and Jewish by Rebecca Walker
The Civil Rights movement brought author Alice Walker and lawyer Mel Leventhal together, and in 1969 their daughter, Rebecca, was born. Some saw this unusual copper-colored girl as an outrage or an oddity; others viewed her as a symbol of harmony, a triumph of love over hate. But after her parents divorced, leaving her a lonely only child ferrying between two worlds that only seemed to grow further apart, Rebecca was no longer sure what she represented. In this book, Rebecca Leventhal Walker attempts to define herself as a soul instead of a symbol— and offers a new look at the challenge of personal identity, in a story at once strikingly unique and truly universal. - Goodreads
Here Comes The Sun by Nicole Y. Dennis-Benn
Capturing the distinct rhythms of Jamaican life and dialect, Nicole Dennis-Benn pens a tender hymn to a world hidden among pristine beaches and the wide expanse of turquoise seas. At an opulent resort in Montego Bay, Margot hustles to send her younger sister, Thandi, to school. Taught as a girl to trade her sexuality for survival, Margot is ruthlessly determined to shield Thandi from the same fate. When plans for a new hotel threaten their village, Margot sees not only an opportunity for her own financial independence but also perhaps a chance to admit a shocking secret: her forbidden love for another woman. As they face the impending destruction of their community, each woman fighting to balance the burdens she shoulders with the freedom she craves must confront long-hidden scars. From a much-heralded new writer, Here Comes the Sun offers a dramatic glimpse into a vibrant, passionate world most outsiders see simply as paradise. - Goodreads
This small children’s book tells the story of a little black girl who gets moved from her hometown in Apple Creek to the city of Harlem, New York. Though she’s upset about it, her mother enrolls her in a ballet class and we follow her journey and experience with her new world. This book is great for little girls everywhere, especially little black girls.
Tyler’s Rating: 4.5/5 stars