One of my favorite novels is Brothers and Sisters by Bebe Moore Campbell, which follows a myriad of characters -- black, white, upwardly mobile, and struggling -- after the Rodney King verdict and Los Angeles riots in the early 1990s.
The novel's characters, like the real life residents of the city, look at issues of race, class, and gender through many different lenses and realities. I read it when it first came out, and thought about it on Monday as one of my students asked for something to read while on semester break. I decided to introduce him to Bebe Moore Campbell's work.
In this NPR interview from 2002, the late author discusses the L.A. situation ten years after the uprising. And these additional NPR interviews give us more insight into her life and work.
Thank God we have interviews like this to keep our favorites with us forever.