Solemn, St. Martin's, 2016


 Solemn Redvine is a precocious Mississippi girl who senses a nearby baby may be her half-sibling: the outcome of her father’s mistakes with a married woman who lives in their mobile home community. After Solemn witnesses a man drop the baby down a community well, she struggles to understand the event, leaving her forever changed. When her father’s next mistake – a robbery – lands Solemn in a group home for troubled girls, she meets a Chicago delinquent who wants to escape. Solemn is a Deep South Magazine, Essence, Bustle, Hello Beautiful and Citizen-Times Reading List Pick.

Conception, St. Martin's, 2008


Told by a young mother in Chicago and her unborn child, Conception narrates the true love affairs and comings-of-ages of Black women across several eras of history. With spirits of resilience and adventure, Shivana and Conception fulfill wishes for love and rebirth. Conception is a winner of a Friends of American Writers Award in Adult Literature, one of School Library Journal’s Best Adult Books for High School Students and included in the ALA’s Young Adult Library Services Association list of Best Books for Teens.

Upstate, St. Martin's, 2005


Upstate tells the story of Antonio and Natasha, Harlem lovers torn apart when Antonio is convicted of a crime within his family. While Antonio serves his sentence, Natasha becomes his hope. Their 10-year romantic saga lives through hopeful letters which change their lives. Upstate is an Essence bestseller, winner of an American Library Association ALEX Award and Audie Award in Literary Fiction (audiobook), a Hurston-Wright Foundation Debut Fiction nominee, included on New York Public Library’s List of Best Books for Teens, and selected as a 2018 National Book Foundation Literature for Justice title.