Betrayal and Forgiveness | African American Fiction (and More)

There’s a satisfying amount of betrayal, bedroom romps, and violence to please a wide range of urban fiction readers. However, Kimberla Lawson Roby’s latest work moves away from these overworked themes and offers a message of forgiveness while dealing with an overzealous “friend.”

Pushing Genre Boundaries | African American Fiction (and More)

A historical mystery set against the backdrop of the Harlem Renaissance, an inspirational novel about a very human man of God and his family, a soft cozy, an urban tale starring a Latina thief, and a rough-and-tumble street lit title populate this month’s selections.

Saints and Sinners | African American Fiction (and More)

December’s selections are tales that could have been drawn from the Bible but offer a 21st-century slant.

Secrets and Lies | African American Fiction (and More)

Shhhhh! Wanna know a secret? Many characters in this month’s selections guard their privacy whether it’s because of shady business buried in their past or plunging into a marital affair. The gossip-worthy secrets may threaten a life or cause inner guilt, but they certainly add spice to this month’s novels by established African American authors.

Xpress Reviews: Fiction | First Look at New Books, May 3, 2013

Fante’s fifth, two novels that make the most of the Roaring Twenties, and more from Roby’s Rev. Curtis Black series

Xpress Reviews: Fiction | First Look at New Books, December 7, 2012

The return of Thomas of Hookton, a change of pace from Dorothy Cannell, stories from Grafton, lovely holiday reading from Donald Hall, and “The Perfect Marriage” from Roby