Coming of Age in America

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-09-01
  • Publisher: New Pr

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The acne and ecstasy of adolescence, a multicultural collection of short stories and fiction excerpts thatLibrary Journalcalls "wonderfully diverse from the standard fare." By turns touching and hilarious, the classicComing of Age in Americagathers together writers from fifteen different ethnic groups who, through their fiction, explore the terrain we all traverse as we come of age, no matter our race, ethnicity, gender, or class. With over twenty short stories and fiction excerpts by noted authors such as Julia Alvarez and Frank Chin, Dorothy Allison and Adam Schwartz, Reginald McNight and Tobias Wolff,Coming of Age in Americashows that our common experiences are more binding than our differences are divisive. Since its initial publication in 1994,Coming of Age in Americahas evolved from a groundbreaking collection of underrepresented voices into a timeless album of unforgettable literature. Its editor, Mary Frosch, has since created a series of celebrated anthologies, includingComing of Age Around the Worldand the forthcomingComing of Age in the 21st Century. A wonderfully readable collection, this is a marvelous resource for those looking for stories that illustrate the convergence of cultural experience and literature.

Table of Contents

The Jacketp. 3
The Neighborhoodp. 7
The Kind of Light That Shines on Texasp. 17
The Body Politicp. 32
The Wrong Lunch Linep. 52
Jump or Divep. 58
from Bastard Out of Carolinap. 75
Where Is It Written?p. 82
Summer Water and Shirleyp. 100
Judgment Dayp. 111
from The Floating Worldp. 122
Yes, Young Daddyp. 139
Going to Schoolp. 154
A Spell of Kona Weatherp. 166
What Means Switchp. 175
from This Boy's Lifep. 197
Eyes and Teethp. 212
A Bag of Orangesp. 216
from How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accentsp. 226
from Davita's Harpp. 239
Marigoldsp. 254
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 265
Biographical Notesp. 267
Permissions Acknowledgmentsp. 272
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