Shaking the tree : a collection of new fiction and memoir by Black women

Format: Print Book 2003
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 4 copies
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CLP - East Liberty Non-Fiction Collection PS647.A35 S53 2003
Location  CLP - East Liberty
Collection  Non-Fiction Collection
Call Number  PS647.A35 S53 2003
CLP - Hill District Non-Fiction Collection PS647.A35 S53 2003
Location  CLP - Hill District
Collection  Non-Fiction Collection
Call Number  PS647.A35 S53 2003
CLP - Homewood African American PS647.A35 S53 2003
Location  CLP - Homewood
Collection  African American
Call Number  PS647.A35 S53 2003
Monroeville Public Library Fiction Shaking AFRICAN AMERICAN
Location  Monroeville Public Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  Shaking AFRICAN AMERICAN
Showcasing the newest generation of black women writers, including ZZ Packer, Edwidge Danticat, and Shay Youngblood, Shaking the Tree gathers twenty-three voices that came of age in the wake of the civil rights, black arts, gay rights, and feminist movements. Their literature embodies the tragedies and triumphs of contemporary black women in their struggle to negotiate a sense of individual identity beyond the limited scope of gender and race.Shaking the Tree offers a panorama of both fiction and memoir, revealing perspectives as diverse as they are dynamic: asha bandele recounts how she fell in love with a prisoner charged with murder; Rebecca Walker explores a childhood split between disparate racial and cultural landscapes; ZZ Packer remembers her near-abduction from summer camp at a time when local black children were being found murdered; Danzy Senna and Carolyn Ferrell tell tales about being young and biracial in a society that sees only in black and white.This anthology is as urgent as it is historical--these voices are the future of American literature.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "With this collection of fiction and memoirs by 23 black women, Danquah draws attention to a new era of writers following up the legacy established by Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Gloria Naylor, and Jamaica Kincaid. Danquah's collection focuses on works published after 1990, when black women were facing an explosion of issues new to their generation and moving beyond the constraints of the black community physically, mentally, emotionally, and sexually. Excerpts from Lorene Cary's Black Ice recall her experiences at a predominately white boarding school; Danzy Senna, Carolyn Ferrell, and Catherine E. McKinley explore the complexities of racially mixed families; Edwidge Danticat's excerpted Krik? Krak! draws parallels between the lives lost in the Middle Passage and an attempted escape from Haiti by boat. Other contributors include Veronica Chambers, Debra J. Dickerson, Itabari Njeri, and Shay Youngblood. The collection explores an array of concerns of black women: sexual and racial politics, tensions between the sexes and the races, and concepts of beauty and sexuality that are influenced and reflected in American racial mythology. --Vanessa Bush Copyright 2003 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects American prose literature -- African American authors.
American prose literature -- Women authors.
American prose literature -- 21st century.
African American women -- Biography.
African American women -- Fiction.
African Americans -- Biography.
African Americans -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :W.W. Norton,2003
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Danquah, Meri Nana-Ama.
Language English
Description xxi, 292 pages : portraits ; 25 cm
ISBN 039305067X
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