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As a young girl, you could always find me with my face buried in a book. I used reading as a way to escape my routine life and meet characters that I simultaneously aspired to be like but also saw myself in. But the stories that featured black heroines—both real and imagined—interested me the most. I was—and still am—drawn to their stories like fly to honey and the women in them are nuanced, unique and smart. Though they experience trials and tribulation—trauma, racism and misogyny—they face it all with a mix of sass, intelligence and silent determination. You can’t help but root for them. In the spirit of Black History Month, here are my favorite five literary gems starring fearless black heroines.
List curated by Carla St. Louis
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