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Urban fiction

  • Author:
    Folkes, Nurit
    Summary:

    Natalia Foles, a gorgeous, educated, and intelligent heiress, lives the life of dreams. With a handsome, adoring fiancé well on his way to the heights of Wall Street, a fabulous career as a motivational speaker, and enough wealth to afford her a life of luxury, Natalia seems to have it all until one day when a powerful and dangerous drug lord abducts her from her Long Island home and holds her captive as he decides her fate.

  • Author:
    Coleman, JaQuavis
    Summary:

    Mourning the death of his wife, a painter finds an escape through the drawings in his work. Not until he gets an unexpected knock at his door does his life take a drastic turn.

  • Author:
    Klinck, Todd
    Summary:

    Winner, 3-Day Novel Contest.

    Tacones is a hangout for a subculture of outlaws and rejects--crackhead murderers, transvestite prostitutes, biastogerontophiles, hustler boys, and addicts–all painfully beyond denial, searching for connection, solace, humour, thrills, sex, and the perfect high. A rollicking and caustic romp through the violent and ambivalent world of the Toronto after-hours scene. Descend, if you dare... Tacones was first published in 1997 after winning the 19th annual 3-Day Novel Contest. It was immediately praised for its raw, unflinching portrait of an underclass and was compared to John Rechy's City of Night. Tacones feels as disturbingly fresh as it did ten years ago and it seemed a fitting time to reissue this scurrilous little novel, warts and all.

    Praise for Tacones: "Compulsively readable" (Evelyn Lau) "Very short, very cheap, and . . . very, very sexy." (Toronto Star) "Refreshingly spare and unadorned . . . Tacones comes on like a mild heart attack." (Bruce LaBruce)

  • Author:
    Johnson, Brandi
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    When her brother is killed, Trouble, who has everything she could ever want because of her brother and his "complex occupation," embarks on a mission of revenge that involves seducing the enemy and then killing him.

  • Author:
    McWhirter, Teresa
    Summary:

    In prose that’s as sharp as broken glass and shot through with poetry, Teresa McWhirter unlocks the extraordinary subculture of urban adults in their twenties and early thirties. Most startling of all are the portraits of young women—tough, independent party girls who are strong enough to say “no” to love and smart enough to know why.

    Praise for Some Girls Do: “Some Girls Do is a sharp, poetic glimpse into the yearning but hopelessly unfocused lives of a group of marginal urbanites…surprisingly, McWhirter makes them touching rather than alienating.” (Elle Canada) “McWhirter unearths a community of adult-kids seldom chronicled … Realistic dialogue—heavily peppered with slang, swearing and esoteric pop-culture references—contributes to the novel’s overall believability. The humour and wordplay alone mark McWhirter as a writer to watch.” (Quill and Quire) "In tone and subject matter, McWhirter is revisiting the highly marketable terrain of Armistead Maupin and Candace Bushnell, the literature of urban subculture." (EVENT)

  • Author:
    Ide, Joe
    Summary:

    Isaiah Quintabe's unassuming nature disguises his intelligence. Most people call him IQ. Word has gotten around: if you've got a problem, Isaiah will solve it, his rates adjustable to your income or lack thereof.

  • Author:
    Holmes, Brittney
    Summary:

    Lauren, Jayda, Danielle, and Brenda are on the brink of adulthood, but are struggling to handle their issues. As God is introduced to them in unusual ways, they find themselves on a journey they'll never forget.

  • Author:
    Hernandez, Catherine
    Summary:

    In Scarborough, a low-income urban neighborhood, three kids struggle to rise above poverty, abuse, and a system that consistently fails them. The adults in their lives either rise to the occasion or fall by the wayside; together, they make up a troubled yet inspired community that refuses to be undone.

  • Author:
    Clark, Wahida
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    Picking up where the suspenseful Payback with Ya Life left off, we're plunged back into the hip-hop drama, where the men are hot and dangerous, the women know their shoes from their Choos, and they will stop at nothing to get what they want.

  • Author:
    Oasis, Hampton, Brenda
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    A crippled economy changes Lola Jones' silver spoon status to copper and threatens to rip her sheltered family from the upper echelons of society and drop them in the slums of East St. Louis. One thing can save Lola's children from the claws of poverty: a million-dollar life insurance policy. Lola vows to make the ultimate sacrifice and makes the arrangements. But a sudden full-blown love affair renews Lola's will to live, and now she and her man must make a desperate attempt to stop the hit man, or else they will die trying.

  • Author:
    Joseph, Fabiola
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    Outed by her best friend in front of the whole neighborhood, Niya is trying to come to terms with being a lesbian. When she falls for her straight neighbor, Jamilla, there is no more denying who she really is. Niya will do whatever it takes to prove her love, but what will happen when family issues, fame, the struggle for love, and reality set in? How will Niya deal with a hip-hop career as she tries to repair her broken heart?

  • Author:
    JaQuavis, Ashley
    Summary:

    Miami was forever changed when Carter and Miamor came to town. Carter II and his cousin Mo attempt to carry on the legacy of their fathers.

  • Author:
    Williams, Karen
    Summary:

    Harlem is a beautiful, smart, and funny seventeen-year-old. She lives in the projects with her drug-addicted parents. They are so far gone that Harlem must fend for herself and at times do a little hustling of her own to feed their habit. Harlem's world is turned upside down when her mother dies from a drug overdose and her father pulls the ultimate betrayal by prostituting her. Harlem is pushed into an adult world and into the hands of a crime and drug lord named Chief, who gives Harlem every luxury she has ever dreamed of, and more pain and suffering than she can stand.

  • Author:
    McWhirter, Teresa
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    Five Little Bitches chronicles the rise and fall of the all-woman band, Wet Leather. Each of the women is plagued by her own unique demons, but their devotion to music and the punk lifestyle keeps them pushing on. As the band progresses, they tour Canadian, American and European towns and cities—and all the alleys, gutters, back stages, vans, hotel rooms, highways and airways in between. Part punk rock travelogue, Five Little Bitches is full-throttle grit-lit. The novel is a testimony to a generation of grrrls in revolt.

    Praise for Five Little Bitches: “One glance at this book and you know: It ain’t Anne Tyler. … Five Little Bitches is funny, outrageous, and startlingly authentic … and she delivers what any reader wants—a novel that is vibrantly alive, never dull.” (Prairie Fire) “a raw, punk energy courses through its veins” (Georgia Straight) “… it captures the essence of a sub-culture. … The design of the text is as bold as its uncensored language. Every page is coloured with the chaos of punk rock shows, volatile relationships, pain, joy and humour—and illustrated with gritty black lines, graffiti art, band posters, set lists and photos. … These are flawed, real women who are unapologetic. But as much as the characters of Five Little Bitches appear hell-bent on being abrasive, this thoroughly modern feminist novel ultimately succeeds because it portrays human vulnerability.” (BC BookWorld)

  • Author:
    Connelly, Michael
    Summary:

    Veteran reporter Jack McEvoy makes a shocking discovery that connects a crime to other mysterious deaths across the country. But his inquiry hits a snag when he himself becomes a suspect.

  • Author:
    Ashley Antoinette
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    Love should burn slow, but with Ezra "Ethic" Okafor it is always fast and fleeting. After an accidental killing affects Alani, the woman he loves, she thinks he's a monster. Separated by tragedy, the pair endure a loss like nothing they have ever felt and their connection is impossible to repair.

  • Author:
    Mason, J. D.
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    Jordan Gatewood made a huge mistake when he put his hands on Lonnie Adebayo, thinking he could get away with it, but he made an even bigger mistake by not making sure she was dead before he left that house. Now Lonnie's back for revenge.

  • Author:
    Antoinette, Ashley
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    "One of the biggest names in Urban-fiction, Ashley Antoinette, is back ... An intense start to this new series with characters that are real and genuine. It's a story about love, trying to put the past behind and moving on with your life" - Red Carpet Crash on Butterfly Morgan Atkins is used to losing, but losing Messiah Williams was the most tragic of them all. Surely, after Messiah, no other man could compare. Settling with Sebastian Fredrick didn't seem like such an impossible task. He treated her well enough, he accepted her children, and he offered her entrance into a well-connected world. There was only one problem: he wanted to change her into someone else. The rules that went along with his lifestyle suffocated her and when Morgan reconnected with Messiah's crew, she no longer wanted to play by Bash's rules. When she falls in love with Messiah's best friend, Ahmeek Harris, she knows she's headed for trouble. His presence heals her in a way that no man has ever been able to do before. Their love affair is electric. Morgan is uncertain about many thing but one thing she's sure of is that she can't let this feeling go. She goes out on a limb and risks it all just to be with Meek, but when Messiah reveals that he's still alive, the battle for one girl's heart just may lead to the demise of them all. She can only be queen to one man. Which one has the true key to her heart? Can Messiah make up for his mistakes or is it too late to save what they once had? Is Ahmeek a rebound or does he offer her something more? Does Bash even stand a chance? This second installment of the Butterfly series will leave you breathless. A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Griffin

  • Author:
    Antoinette, Ashley
    Summary:

    Butterfly is the first novel in an all new series by New York Times bestselling author Ashley Antoinette! "Run away from the boy that gives you butterflies, he's going to break your heart." Morgan Atkins had been told that phrase ever since she was a little girl and still she allowed herself to fall for the boy that made her heart flutter. After losing her first love, Morgan is terrified to love again. She's settled for a comfortable life with a respectable man. She has everything. She's living in the lap of luxury and although she's comfortable, she's bored out of her mind. When a ghost from her past blows into town, she finds herself entangled in an illicit affair. It's wrong, but she can't fight the butterflies he gives her and honestly, she doesn't want to. She can't hide the natural attraction she feels and soon, she's so deep involved that she can no longer tell where the boundary between right and wrong lies. Her heart is telling her one thing, but her head is saying another. Morgan Atkins has always been a spoiled girl and she tries to have it all, but when she's forced to choose between a good man and a bad boy, someone will end up hurt. Someone just may end up dead. Morgan Atkins has been through more tragedy than one girl can bear. Will she weather this storm? Or will the ultimate heartbreak ruin her for good?

  • Author:
    Sparks, D. L.
    Summary:

    DEA Agent Orlando "Trip" Spencer returns to his hometown of Atlanta to investigate the murders of several drug kingpins. It's up to Trip to put a stop to the slaughters. But, what he uncovers hits too close to home.

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