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Jim's December 2018 pick, 1 of 2
The last time I was gut-punched this thoroughly by a book, I was reading J.K. Rowling's The Casual Vacancy. There was so much heat in those pages, I almost had to wear gloves. With Friday Black, I think my fingerprints burned off completely. Adjei-Brenyah's collection of stories brims with anger and frustration aimed at a society refusing to admit its own destructive attitudes toward race and immune to their consequences. The stories range from heartbreaking to horrific. At the end of each, I wondered what nightmarish landscape was he taking me to next. I was not disappointed. Neither will you. Grab it now.
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER“An unbelievable debut, one that announces a new and necessary American voice.” —Tommy Orange, New York Times Book Review“An excitement and a wonder: strange, crazed, urgent and funny.” —George Saunders“Dark and captivating and essential . . . A call to arms and a condemnation . . . Read this book.” —Roxane GayA National Book Foundation “5 Under 35” honoree, chosen by Colson Whitehead Winner of the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle's John Leonard Award for Best First BookA 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.
NANA KWAME ADJEI-BRENYAH is the New York Times-bestselling author of Friday Black. Originally from Spring Valley, New York, he graduated from SUNY Albany and went on to receive his MFA from Syracuse University. His work has appeared or is forthcoming from numerous publications, including the New York Times Book Review, Esquire, Literary Hub, the Paris Review, Guernica, and Longreads. He was selected by Colson Whitehead as one of the National Book Foundation's “5 Under 35” honorees, is the winner of the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Award for Best First Book and the Aspen Words Literary Prize.
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