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Peek Inside Confessions in B-Flat

Essence bestselling author Donna Hill brings us an emotional love story set against the powerful backdrop of the civil rights movement that gripped a nation—a story as timely as it is timeless...

Confessions in B-Flat

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Essence bestselling author Donna Hill brings us an emotional love story set against the powerful backdrop of the civil rights movement that gripped a nation—a story as timely as it is timeless...

The year is 1963. In Harlem, the epicenter of Black culture, the fight for equality has never been stronger. The time is now. Enough is enough. Yet even within its ranks, a different kind of battle rages. Love thy neighbor? Or rise up against your oppressors?

Jason Tanner has just arrived in New York to help spread the message of his mentor, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., of passive resistance, while beat poet Anita Hopkins believes the teachings of Malcolm X with all her heart: that the way to true freedom is “by any means necessary.” When Jason sees Anita perform her poetry at the iconic B-Flat lounge, he’s transfixed. And Anita has never met anyone who can match her wit for wit like this…

One movement, two warring ideologies—can love be enough to unite them?

Confessions in B-Flat is a celebration of the hard-won victories of those who came before us, and a stark reminder of just how far we still have to go.

Praise

​"A captivating and skillfully constructed weaving of history and romantic drama." --Kirkus Reviews

​"This is truly a beautiful story, filled with heartbreak, strength, purpose, laughter, and love. A must read!" --Cassie, Goodreads

"I swear, there wasn't a single character I disliked. They were all written so beautifully, I felt like they could just leap off the page and into the real world. The writing style was poetic (more than just Anita's poetry) and so easy to follow. I've never read anything by Donna Hill before but you can bet I will after this!​" --Milica, Goodreads​

"Wow. Wow. Wow. I still have tears in my eyes! What a beautifully written book!...You go from heartbreak to laughter to love. I definitely recommend reading." --Alison, Goodreads

"CONFESSIONS IN B-Flat is a masterpiece that accurately records the struggle of the sixties through the lens of a young couple who are actively involved in that struggle. This story will resonate with your spirit because it foreshadows the struggles of today." --Brenda Larnell, Goodreads

​"Wow!!! This story was beautiful. So much about it is relevant to today. I loved Anita and Jason being on different sides of the movement. It gave so much depth to the characters and the story... I plan to read more of Donna Hill after this." --Chantique Wilson, Goodreads​

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640638303
Release Date: Nov 24, 2020
Page Count: 356
Imprint: sideways
Genre: contemporary, multi-cultural
Tropes: overcoming odds

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By Kate June 06, 2018

Swoony and powerful romance-- from an author who lived through these years! Definitely a must-read. ...more

By Lauren September 07, 2020

Donna Hill’s Confessions in B-Flat is a poignant, timely, and beautiful story about two people finding their way during the tumultuous 1960s.

When Jason Tanner meets Anita Hopkins on a bus bound for New York City, he knows he’s encountered someone special. He’s been sent by Dr. King to expand the me ...more

By Alison September 27, 2020

Wow. Wow. Wow. I still have tears in my eyes! What a beautifully written book! I loved everything about this story. Jason, the do gooder who is a follower of MLK and Anita, a fiery activist supporting Malcolm X. Both of them coming together despite their differences and the challenges it causes educ ...more

By Fatima September 21, 2020

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I think the author did a good job of ensuring the main issues of the books in terms of Black Lives Matter, racism, police brutality, state violence etc did not get overpowered by the ro ...more

By Brittany September 20, 2020

Wow. Just wow. This novel weaves historical fact with fictional characters, a love story, and the civil rights movement in one. It’s an amazing story of love, heartbreak, resilience, and fighting against racism. The novel has historical pictures, articles, and URLs to speeches throughout it to showc ...more

By Jennifer September 18, 2020

Read if you: Want a moving and heartfelt romance (yes, it is a romance--don't buy too much into the "Romeo and Juliet" description) set during the Civil Rights era.

The last 50 pages or so start quite intense and heartbreaking, but the ending is quite sweet.

Librarians/booksellers: Definitely purcha ...more

By Katie September 14, 2020

Confessions in b Flat


Set in the 60s we follow a a Romeo and Juliet type couple. Anita and Jason, one from the north, one from the south, one supports of Martin Luther King Jr and one supporter of Malcom X. The country boy and the city girl, on paper they don’t seem like they would be a match. And ye ...more

By Tatianna October 07, 2020

Being from Atlanta, and seeing actual life Civil Rights Heros come to live on a page, wrapped up in a moving romance, was just so beautiful to me. Donna Hill is amazing! The way she somehow made such a timely novel set in the Civil Rights Movement, a true journey of love during an important time of ...more

By Sharelle October 05, 2020

5⭐
I was surprisingly blown away by this book! I adored so many aspects of this book. Following a years long romance, between an unlikely couple, set in an important time period of change and loss. This book gave me so many feelings! It was a whirlwind of emotion in the best way! Donna Hill held me c ...more

By Heidi October 13, 2020

It's a young adult, new adult historical fiction romance set in Harlem in the Civil Rights era. And it is lovely! The central conflict is between the political ideologies of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, as the two young dedicated Black people argue their own stances. It's timely, not j ...more

By Brenda Larnell October 18, 2020

CONFESSIONS IN B-Flat is a masterpiece that accurately records the struggle of the sixties through the lens of a a young couple who are actively involved in that struggle. This story will resonate with your spirit because it foreshadows the struggles of today. The photos, newspaper. Clippings and po ...more

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Donna Hill

About the author

Donna Hill

Donna Hill has published more than seventy books spanning a long career. She is an Essence bestselling author and recipient of multiple awards, such as: The RT Career Achievement Award, the Gold Pen Award, The Trailblazer Award, and the Zora Neale Hurston Literary Award. She is an editor of novels and two award-winning anthologies. She is currently in a PhD program but received her MFAW in Creative Writing from Goddard College. She is a proud single mother and grandmother who gives back to the community and is known as a pioneer of black romance novels.

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