A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart - written by the father of an autistic boy, about an autistic boy. It has an implausibly happy fairytale ending but I really enjoyed it.
Dead Man's Blues by Ray Celestin- set in gangster-era Chicago, with Louis Armstrong in a cameo role. He has another previous book in the same series which I have ordered from the library. Slow-paced but some of the most lyrical and beautiful writing I have come across recently.