What are the best books by African authors?

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    #1For Every One

    For Every One

    For Every One is a novel by Jason Reynolds. It is a story literally made for every person who has ever had a dream and for every kid who has always dreamt of being bigger than they area. It was published in 2018 by Atheneum.

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    Edward Wade
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "This book is great as it encourages kids to think and dream big and not quit at minor setbacks. It is presented in a fun and engaging way that speaks to kids"
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    #2Down the River unto the Sea

    Down the River unto the Sea

    Down the River unto the Sea is a novel by Walter Mosley. It follows the story of Joe King Olver, one of NYPD's finest investigators who gets caught in a web of lies and deceit that lands him in Riker's Island. It was published in 2018.

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    Amber Ren
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "If you like crime dramas, this book is for you! It has mystery, complex characters with interesting motive and keeps you guessing until the end. "
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    #3The Beauty That Remains

    The Beauty That Remains

    The Beauty That Remains is a novel by Ashley Woodfolk. It follows the story of Autumn, a talented artist and loyal friend whom comes face to face with a tragedy that connects her to other similar souls to form a band. It was published in 2018.

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    Jordan Cooper
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "This book is an excellent read. It deals with triumph and loss. The love of music brings these characters together in a beautiful way. "
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    #4Small Country

    Small Country

    Small Country: A Novel is a novel by Gael Faye. It follows the story of ten year old Gabriel who lives in a little corner of paradise in Bujumbura, and whose life is suddenly upended by war and genocide. It was published in 2018 by Hogarth.

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    Vincent Patel
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "Gael Faye takes us readers through a journey of war and genocide in a war torn Africa. I was unable to put this book down the second I picked it up."
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    #5The Restless

    The Restless

    The Restless is a novel by Gerty Dambury. It is a lyrical novel structured like a Creole quadrille which contains an account of police violence in French Guadeloupe. It was published in 2018 by The Feminist Press at CUNY.

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    Kathryn Herrera
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "I love reading of happenings in other countries even if it isn't real. It makes me feel like I'm immersed in history"
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    #6The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born

    The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born
    The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born is a realistic historical fiction novel written by Ayi Kwei Armah. It was first published in October 1989 and is a part of the African Writers Series. It is set during the bloody periods in Ghana's history.
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    Evelyn Wong
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This book is not for everyone. It is the story of a poor man in a material world who, despite the pressures around and within him, is able to maintain a sense of dignity within himself. The author manages to create very vivd scenes of filth and vileness throughout the novel but the plot leaves something to be desired. Characters are vague and action begins very late in the text. Despite valiant attempts to create a classic, this book still belongs in the attic with all the other dusty volumes. "
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    #7The Healers

    The Healers

    The Healers is a realistic novel written by renowned author Ayi Kwei Armah. It was originally published in 2000. It is about the conflict and the healing of toxic ignorance among Africans.

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    Douglas Henderson
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "The Healers is a wonderful book by Ayi Kwei Armah. Originally published in 2000, it is one of those stories that stays with you over time and changes your life. I reread this book every once in awhile, and it just keeps getting better. The way he describes his world is realistic and touching. I highly recommend The Healers."
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    #8Red Dust Road

    Red Dust Road

    Red Dust Road is an autobiographical novel written by Jackie Kay. Originally published in 2010, it tells the story of a woman and her search for her biological parents: a Scottish nurse and a Nigerian student.

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    Justin Greene
    Written on May 21, 2018
    "I wanted to delve into African literature. Specifically African authors. While this was an interesting read, it was not what I was looking for. The author of this book is from the UK, actually! I take trips to Africa once a year, perhaps next time I will just pick up books while I am there."
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    #9Season Of Migration to the North

    Season Of Migration to the North

    Season Of Migration to the North is a cultural fiction novel by Tayeb Salih which follows the narrator, a young man who returns to his village along the Nile after years of study in Europe. It was published in 1970 by Heinemann.

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    Brittany Brewer
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "This is a work of fiction which could be based on actual events. Reading about another culture, though it is done through written fiction, is like opening a window on a new world for the reader. The solution needs to be more informative. "
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    #10A Grain of Wheat

    A Grain of Wheat

    A Grain of Wheat is a cultural fiction novel by Ngugi wa Thiong'o which is set in the wake of the Mau Mau rebellion and follows a group of villagers who have been affected by the 1952-1960 Emergency. It was published in 1994 by Heinemann.

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    Aaryan Singhal
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "This book provided a great look into the effect colonialism has had on Africa. Ngugi wa Tiong'o is able to capture the essence of humanity as it searches for independence. The characters are memorable and very relatable. It is very easy to identify with their struggles. A Grain of Wheat continues to have a relevant message to this day."

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Best What are the best books by African authors
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1For Every OneBooks 29 Paid
2Down the River unto the SeaBooks 27 Paid
3The Beauty That RemainsBooks 26 Paid
4Small CountryBooks 24 Paid
5The RestlessBooks 23 Paid
6The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet BornBooks 6 Paid
7The HealersBooks 5 Paid
8Red Dust RoadBooks 4 Paid
9Season Of Migration to the North Books 2 Paid
10A Grain of WheatBooks 1 Paid
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