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Some urban lit authors see fiction in the Oscar-nominated ‘American Fiction’

AP National Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — “American Fiction” is an entertaining movie, authors and publishers say. And it has a lot to say about Black families and the struggles of Black authors in an industry that remains predominantly white. But the featured plot of a Black literary author finds unexpected success through a crudely written, profanely titled novel seems a little outdated to some. “American Fiction,” nominated for best picture and in four other categories, was adapted from a 2001 novel that came out when a genre often called “urban lit” was peaking. Those kinds of books no longer sell so well.

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