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    Friday black / Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
    PRINTED MATL | Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | 2018
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    194 pages ; 21 cm
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    "A Mariner Original"--Title page.
    Contents
    The Finkelstein 5 -- Things my mother said -- The era -- Lark Street -- The hospital where -- Zimmer Land -- Friday black -- The lion & the spider -- Light spitter -- How to sell a jacket as told by IceKing -- In retail -- Through the flash.
    Summary
    "An excitement and a wonder: strange, crazed, urgent and funny...The wildly talented Adjei-Brenyah has made these edgy tales immensely charming, via his resolute, heartful, immensely likeable narrators, capable of seeing the world as blessed and cursed at once." -- George Saunders "This book is dark and captivating and essential...A call to arms and a condemnation. Adjei-Brenyah offers powerful prose as parable. The writing in this outstanding collection will make you hurt and demand your hope. Read this book." -- Roxane Gay A piercingly raw debut story collection from a young writer with an explosive voice; a treacherously surreal, and, at times, heartbreakingly satirical look at what it's like to be young and black in America. From the start of this extraordinary debut, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah's writing will grab you, haunt you, enrage and invigorate you. By placing ordinary characters in extraordinary situations, Adjei-Brenyah reveals the violence, injustice, and painful absurdities that black men and women contend with every day in this country. These stories tackle urgent instances of racism and cultural unrest, and explore the many ways we fight for humanity in an unforgiving world. In "The Finkelstein Five," Adjei-Brenyah gives us an unforgettable reckoning of the brutal prejudice of our justice system. In "Zimmer Land," we see a far-too-easy-to-believe imagining of racism as sport. And "Friday Black" and "How to Sell a Jacket as Told by Ice King" show the horrors of consumerism and the toll it takes on us all. Entirely fresh in its style and perspective, and sure to appeal to fans of Colson Whitehead, Marlon James, and George Saunders, Friday Black confronts readers with a complicated, insistent, wrenching chorus of emotions, the final note of which, remarkably, is hope.
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    Related To
    Online version: Adjei-Brenyah, Nana Kwame author. Friday black. Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018 9781328915139 (DLC) 2018006635
    ISBN
    9781328911247 (trade paper)
    1328911241 (trade paper)
    (SHORT STORIES)
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