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CROSSWORD: Classic novels by underrepresented authors


3. Nella Larsen’s story follows the complex
friendship between Irene and Clare who are
both Black but can pass for white, and how
both of their lives are shaped by this.

5. Ann Petry’s 1946 debut novel was the first novel
by a Black woman to sell over one million copies.

6. This is James Welch’s first novel, published
in 1974, which takes place on the Fort Belknap
Native American reservation in Montana.

9. Jamaica Kincaid’s coming-of-age story of a
girl growing apart from her mother in Antigua.

10. This Pulitzer Prize-winning Toni Morrison
novel tells the story of Sethe, who escaped
slavery but is now haunted by the ghost of her
nameless baby whose tombstone reads __.


1.Written by Alice Walker, this novel won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and was adapted into a film starring Oprah Winfrey.

2. Claude McKay wrote one of the earliest African American queer fiction stories covering radical politics, racial identity and sexual preference called “Romance in _,” a city in France, in 1933, but the novel was only just published posthumously in 2020.

4. Octavia E. Butler’s classic novel looks at the practice of slavery in the American South from the perspective of a time traveling Black woman from the 1970s.

7. Angie Cruz wrote this novel inspired by her mother’s story about 15-year-old Ana, who marries and immigrated to the United States from the Dominican Republic in the hopes that it will allow her family to eventually immigrate too.

8. This Sandra Cisneros novel tells the story of 12-year-old Esperanza Cordero, growing up in Chicago in a house on __ street.

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