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The Bride Test

Romance readers might be familiar with Helen Hoang's first romance novel, The Kiss Quotient, a sexy and sweet story about an autistic woman who hires a male escort to learn about relationships. The Bride Test follows the romance of another autistic character in Hoang's debut work, this time a man named Khai whose mother goes to Vietnam to find a bride for him.

Release date: May 7

14 Must-Read New Releases - All by Women of Color

A 2015 study concluded that 79 percent of the publishing industry was staffed by white employees. While the industry has (hopefully) been working toward diversity in the past several years, there's certainly no shortage of excellent writing from women of color. Just look at Jesmyn Ward, a black novelist who penned the haunting National Book Award winner Sing, Unburied, Sing, or Celeste Ng, an Asian-American author who continues cranking out best-sellers like Little Fires Everywhere (which, by the way, is getting its own Hulu treatment).

In 2019, stock your shelves and update your reading lists with these books by women of color, from Elizabeth Acevedo's young adult family drama, With the Fire on High, to Helen Hoang's romantic read, The Bride Test.