Friday Black

Friday Black

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"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.
A treacherously surreal, and, at times, heartbreakingly satirical look at what it's like to be young and black in America. 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. Readers are left with a complicated, insistent, wrenching chorus of emotions, the final note of which, remarkably, is hope. -- adapted from info provided
Publisher: Boston :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, 2018
ISBN: 9781328911247
1328911241
9781328915139
Branch Call Number: FICTION Adjei-Brenyah 2018
Characteristics: 194 pages ; 21 cm

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OPL_AnnaW Sep 05, 2019

Disturbing and sometimes hilarious, these short stories take on what it means to be black in America today. The title story is a highlight, skewering the dark heart of status-driven consumerism.

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OPL_EllyR Sep 20, 2018

Each story in this collection is striking, original and impactful. I'm amazed at the power with which Adjei-Brenyah constructs his narratives. In a few stories, his characters inhabit worlds with tiny touches of surrealism that allow for intense explorations of justice, race and speculative near-... Read More »

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"The stories have a wild amount of worlds and plot lines that are all impressively fleshed out. I definitely recommend it if you like speculative short fiction, but a heads up that some of the stories include extreme violence."


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OPL_AnnaW Sep 05, 2019

Disturbing and sometimes hilarious, these short stories take on what it means to be black in America today. The title story is a highlight, skewering the dark heart of status-driven consumerism.

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