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Patsy

The titular character in Nicole Dennis-Benn's Patsy is a Jamaican immigrant who gets a visa to go to Brooklyn, leaving behind her devout mother and daughter, Tru, and reuniting with her love Cicely. The novel touches upon the issues at the juncture of immigration and womanhood as we see the inner turmoils that Tru and Patsy must battle across seas and continents.

Release date: June 4

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.