1. Vanishing Half
By Brit Bennett
The divergent fate of twin sisters, as one passes for white and the other remains black, challenges the nature of identity, revealing new possibilities to move beyond its strictures.
2. Shuggie Bain
By Douglas Stuart
An emotionally-charged entry to the intimate relationship between an alcoholic woman and her queer son, Douglas Stuart intensely captures the power of a mother-child bond in remaking the world previously shattered by poverty.
3. Real Life
By Brandon Taylor
Real Life follows the passionate encounter between a black gay man and a white 'straight'-identified man in search of their true-self and freedom from the strictures of race, class, and gender.
By K-Ming Chang
Full of spirits and creatures from Taiwanese and Chinese folktales, this wildly-inventive novel blurs the boundary between reality and dreams to encapsulate the intertwined journey of three generations of Taiwanese-American women to find their long-lost home.
5. The Death of Vivek Oji
By Akwaeke Emezi
Wrapped in poetic storytelling and interweaving the journey for a new self with spirituality, Akwaeke Emezi also explores how loss and sorrow often bring us to a new understanding of love, life, and identity that cannot always be fully captured by our language.