Four great novels on race in America that everyone should read right now:
- Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi – already on several best-books-of-the-year lists
- The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead – an Oprah's Book Club selection and instant bestseller
- Grace, by Natashia Deón – much praised by respected critics
- The Sellout, by Paul Beatty – on the 2016 Man Booker longlist
Also make sure to read Kathryn Schulz's essay in the New Yorker, where she discusses Whitehead's book and observes the odd mythologies that surround the Underground Railroad, the figurative network of "conductors" who worked together to help free the enslaved. Reading any or all of these books will help keep the engines of equality rolling forward.