They say your first friends are your cousins, and this is true for our initial impressions of Akorfa and Selasi, the central characters of Nightbloom. As the pair moves from girlhood into womanhood, each character tells us her side of how they grew apart as they got older, and Nightbloom is a gripping story of how not speaking up for yourself can have lasting consequences. This novel makes for a great book club discussion.
I greatly enjoyed Natera's debut novel. The book follows two main characters: Luz, who is trying to figure out her new identity as a lawyer in her Dominican community, and her mother Esubia, who is trying to use the few resources she has to stop the gentrification of her beloved neighborhood. Along with gentrification, this book also delves into career choices and definitions of home and community; these issues help make it a great choice for book clubs.
Mickey is living the dream of a full-time writing position with one of the coolest outlets online--until she's suddenly let go, a loss that leads her to question all her relationships, from those with her partner and father to the one with Tee, the girl who broke her heart in high school. I enjoyed Mickey’s story, especially the way, as she detaches herself from her professional identity, she learns what it means to define herself outside of everyone and everything around her. Mickey is complex, and I rooted for her even when I didn’t agree with all her decisions.