Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill is thrilled to partner with like-minded Bookclubz for our Hear Our Voices Book Club. Each month, we will feature one of these powerful paperbacks, strong stories from and about underrepresented voices. From beloved and bestselling authors like Julía Alvarez, Tayari Jones, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and undeniable debut talents like Jaquira Díaz, Lisa Ko, and Mesha Maren, these stunning books will make you think, feel, and talk talk talk in your book club discussions!

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QuoteWe need women’s voices now, in these times, more than ever.

—TAYARI JONES, winner of the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction

Big Girl, Small Town

Big Girl, Small Town

by Michelle Gallen

Growing up in Northern Ireland just after the Troubles, Majella lives a quiet life caring for her alcoholic mother and working in the local chip shop, but when her predictable existence is upended, she realizes there might just be whole big world outside her small town

Creatures: A Novel

Creatures: A Novel

by Crissy Van Meter

This “unwavering triumph” (The New York Times Book Review) about fragile family bonds introduces us to Evangeline on her wedding weekend, as a dead whale is trapped in the Winter Island harbor, the groom might be lost at sea, and her absent mother has shown up out of the blue.

Sugar Run: A Novel

Sugar Run: A Novel

by Mesha Maren

In this debut novel, Jodi McCarty, newly free after eighteen years in prison, meets and falls in love with Miranda, a troubled young mother. Together, they struggle for a fresh start within the insularity of rural West Virginia.

A People's History of Heaven

A People's History of Heaven

by Mathangi Subramanian

Young women and girls—including a graffiti artist, a transgender Christian, a blind dancer, and the queer daughter of a hijabi union leader—come together to wage war on the bulldozers that would bury their homes in a Bangalore, India, slum called Heaven.

In the Time of the Butterflies

In the Time of the Butterflies

by Julia Alvarez

Las Mariposas, the butterflies, four sisters who led the opposition to Gen. Rafael Leónidas Trujillo’s dictatorship in the Dominican Republic, speak across the decades to tell their own stories, from secret crushes to gunrunning, in this seminal novel.

An American Marriage (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel

An American Marriage (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel

by Tayari Jones

Roy and Celestial are newlyweds when Roy is arrested for a crime he didn’t commit and given a lengthy prison sentence. As Celestial faces a life alone and Roy faces a life in prison, they discover the power of love, and its limits.

The Leavers (National Book Award Finalist): A Novel

The Leavers (National Book Award Finalist): A Novel

by Lisa Ko

Set in New York and China, this powerful debut is a vivid and moving examination of borders and belonging: how a boy comes into his own when everything he loves is taken away, and how a mother learns to live with the mistakes of the past.

Mighty Justice: My Life in Civil Rights

Mighty Justice: My Life in Civil Rights

by Dovey Johnson Roundtree

Meet Dovey Johnson Roundtree—the groundbreaking civil rights attorney, soldier, and minister—the unforgettable trailblazer we should all know more about, a woman who “proved . . . a single individual can turn the tides of history.” —Michelle Obama

The Optimistic Decade

The Optimistic Decade

by Heather Abel

Framed by the 1980s’ oil shale bust, the real estate boom and protests against Reagan and the Gulf War, five unforgettable characters explore the bloom and fade of idealism in the American West.

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents

by Julia Alvarez

After the García sisters—Carla, Sandra, Yolanda, and Sofía—and their parents flee the Dominican Republic, they try to find new lives in the wondrous but not always welcoming U.S.A., and their parents try to hold on to their old way.

 

Purple Hibiscus: A Novel

Purple Hibiscus: A Novel

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The debut novel from international bestselling literary star Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie explores the emotional turmoil of adolescence and the bright promise of freedom for two teenagers in Nigeria.

Yo!: A Novel

Yo!: A Novel

by Julia Alvarez

Yolanda García—Yo, for short (and yes, this is Yolanda García of those García Girls!) —has published her first novel with “characters” ever-so-similar to her own relatives. But turnabout is fair play, and so here in this novel, the family and friends tell the truth about Yo.

Silver Sparrow

Silver Sparrow

by Tayari Jones

With the novel’s opening line, "My father, James Witherspoon, is a bigamist," author Tayari Jones unveils a breathtaking story about a man's deception, a family's complicity, and the two teenage girls caught in the middle.

The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone

The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone

by Felicity McLean

In the hot Australian summer of 1992, the three young Van Apfel sisters mysteriously disappeared. Now years later, still haunted by her friends’ unsolved disappearance, Tikka Malloy returns home to try to make sense of that strange time.

Ordinary Girls: A Memoir

Ordinary Girls: A Memoir

by Jaquira Díaz

A memoir for this moment: Jaquira Díaz’s ORDINARY GIRLS will open your mind and heart with her triumphant story of overcoming adversity, both personal and systemic.