20 Lovers & Love Stories in Books by Black Authors

February 21, 2024

As we continue our lists of 20 for our 20th Anniversary, in recognition of both Black History Month and February Month of Love, here are 20 Lovers and Love Stories in books by Black authors.


1. Tea Cake and Janie – from Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

2. Ifemelu and Obinze – from Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

3. Fonny and Tish – from If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin

4. Alexa Monroe and Drew Nichols – from The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

5. Celestial and Roy – from An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

6. Savannah and Bernadine – from Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan

7. Iris and George – from Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson

8. Betty Shabazz and Malcolm X – from The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley

9. Hattie Shepherd’s children – from The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis

10. Madeline Whittier and Olly Bright – from Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

11. Pecola Breedlove – from The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

12. Queenie Jenkins – from Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

13. Celie and Shug Avery – from The Color Purple by Alice Walker

14. Azalea ‘Knot’ Centre and Raymond – from In West Mills by De’Shawn Charles Winslow

15. Mer: from The Salt Roads by Nalo Hopkinson

16. Ida Mae Brandon Gladney, George Starling, Robert Foster, and others – from The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

17. Cheryl and Lelah – from The Turner House by Angela Flournoy

18. Binti – from Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

19. Starr Carter and Chris – from The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

20. Cora and Caesar in The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead


Consider purchasing one or more of these titles from a Black-owned bookstore near you! You can search for bookstores through the African American Literature Book Club website here.

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