What is an #ownvoices novel? In the words of the hashtag’s creator, Corinne Duyvuis, it’s a novel in which the main character and the author share a marginalized identity. She writes, “Society tends to favor privileged voices even regarding a situation they have zero experience with, and thus those are the authors that get published….All #ownvoices does is center the voices that matter most.” Here are a handful of books that fit that criteria. Read widely, friends.
You can also check out our list of books that celebrate Blackness here.