9781594487699

Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self

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  • ISBN13:

    9781594487699

  • ISBN10:

    1594487693

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 9/23/2010
  • Publisher: Riverhead Books

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Summary

Introducing a new star of her generation, an electric debut story collection about young African-American and mixed-race teens, women, and men struggling to find a place in their families and communities.

When Danielle Evans's short story "Virgins" was published in The Paris Review in late 2007, it announced the arrival of a bold new voice. Written when she was only twenty-three, Evans's story of two black, blue-collar fifteen-year-old girls' flirtation with adulthood for one night was startling in its pitch-perfect examination of race, class, and the shifting terrain of adolescence.

Now this debut collection delivers on the promise of that early story. In "Harvest," a college student's unplanned pregnancy forces her to confront her own feelings of inadequacy in comparison to her white classmates. In "Jellyfish," a father's misguided attempt to rescue a gift for his grown daughter from an apartment collapse magnifies all he doesn't know about her. And in "Snakes," the mixed-race daughter of intellectuals recounts the disastrous summer she spent with her white grandmother and cousin, a summer that has unforeseen repercussions in the present.

Striking in their emotional immediacy, the stories in Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self are based in a world where inequality is reality but where the insecurities of adolescence and young adulthood, and the tensions within family and the community, are sometimes the biggest complicating forces in one's sense of identity and the choices one makes.

Author Biography

Danielle Evans is a graduate of Columbia University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her stories have appeared in The Paris Review, A Public Space, and The Best American Short Stories 2008.

Table of Contents

Virginsp. 1
Snakesp. 27
Harvestp. 65
Someone Ought to Tell Her There's Nowhere to gop. 87
The King of a Vast Empirep. 113
Jellyfishp. 139
Wherever You Go, There You Arep. 169
Robert E. Lee Is Deadp. 199
Acknowledgementsp. 231
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Great story collection July 27, 2011
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I Loved it. These are well-written stories that ring true. I could go through them and pull lines and paragraphs that I love, but you should just do yourself a favor and pick up a copy for yourself. You will not be disappointed. The textbook was in very good condition and it was fast delivery. I would definitely order from this seller again.
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