Awards and Honors

  • NAACP2013 Finalist, Hurston Wright Legacy Award in Fiction (Gathering of Waters)
  • 2013 National Reading Group Month Organization /Great Group Reads Selection (Nowhere is a Place)
  • 2012 New York Times 100 Notable Books (Gathering of Waters)
  • 2012 Washington Post 50 Best Books (Gathering of Waters)
  • 2012 New York Times “Editor’s Choice” (Gathering of Waters)
  • 2011 Finalist, Hurston Wright Legacy Award in Fiction (Glorious)
  • 2011 Black Caucus of the American Library Association, Fiction Award (Glorious)
  • 2011 Nominated for the 2011 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work (Glorious)
  • 2010 New York Times Book Review (Glorious)
  • 2010 Debut Selection for The One Book, One Harlem Program (Glorious)
  • 2010 O Magazine “Book to Watch” (Glorious)
  • 2010 Historical Novel Society “Editor’s Choice” (Glorious)
  • 2007 Short-listed for the Hurston Wright Legacy Award in Fiction (Nowhere is a Place)
  • 2007 National Book Club Conference BeBe Moore Campbell Memorial Literary Award
  • 2006 Washington Post Best Fiction (Nowhere is a Place)
  • 2004 Subject of The Lifetime Television 20th Anniversary Commercial
  • 2004 Black Caucus of the American Library Association, Fiction Honor Award (Loving Donovan)
  • 2002 Short-listed for the Hurston Wright Legacy Award in Fiction (The Warmest December)
  • 2002 Zora Neale Hurston Society Award for Creative Contribution to Literature
  • 2001 Black Caucus of the American Library Association, Fiction Honor Award (Sugar)
  • 2001 Black Writer’s Alliance, Gold Pen Award, Best Mainstream Fiction (Sugar)
  • 2001 Black Writer’s Alliance, Gold Pen Award, Best New Author
  • 2001 Go On Girl Book Club New Author of the Year Award (Sugar)
  • 2000 New York Times Book Review (Sugar
  • 2000 New York Times Book Review (Sugar)
  • 2000 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writer’s (Sugar)