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Curated by Tembe Denton-Hurst

About the Curator
Tembe Denton-Hurst (known on the internets as @tembae) is a book-obsessed beauty and culture writer. Currently, she works as a staff writer at New York Magazine’s The Strategist where she covers beauty, lifestyle, and books. When she’s not writing, Tembe can be found on her couch in Queens where she lives with her partner and their two cats Stella and Dakota.

About the Folio

When I think about the books that have shaped me, I always come back to the ones that center women that look like and love like me. These books tell the stories of women who love women and give them the opportunity to take up space on the page. This is rarer than it should be, and I hope that this is a starting point for you to read more Black books that center queer women.

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Here Comes the Sun: A Novel

Here Comes the Sun: A Novel

By Nicole Dennis-Benn
In “Here Comes The Sun,” Nicole Dennis-Benn tells the story of Margot, a woman working at a hotel in Montego Bay, Jamaica who works tirelessly to send her younger sister Thandi to school. She uses her sexuality to get ahead and provide a better life for her sister, and even though she has sex with men for business, she’s secretly in love with another woman. The book is immersive — Benn’s writing is stunning and all-encompassing — and it’s hard not to feel like you’re there with the characters. I loved this book so much I dedicated a chapter of my master’s thesis to unpacking its themes, and think it does a great job of discussing identity while also illuminating the class struggles present in her rapidly changing community.

Tembe Denton-Hurst

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