Books With Black Families at the Center
Through groundbreaking classics like The Color Purple and award-winning bestsellers like Transcendent Kingdom, readers are reminded of the importance and power of seeing the Black family on the written page. Whether it be a bond of blood or one of choice, portrayals of Black familial joy, struggle, and resilience are revolutionary. With expansive heart and hope, they provide a portal for reflection, illuminate our sense of self, and reaffirm the significance of our past and our future as a people. Each of the books on this list are an enduring testament to the limitlessness of love, community, and survival. These stories beautifully highlight the way family—on and off the page—shapes who we are or hope to become.