Tales of two Americas : stories of inequality in a divided nation

Format: Print Book 2017
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Summary
Thirty-six major contemporary writers examine life in a deeply divided America-including Anthony Doerr, Ann Patchett, Roxane Gay, Rebecca Solnit, Hector Tobar, Joyce Carol Oates, Edwidge Danticat, Richard Russo, Eula Bliss, Karen Russell, and many more.

Thirty-six major contemporary writers examine life in a deeply divided America-including Anthony Doerr, Ann Patchett, Roxane Gay, Rebecca Solnit, Hector Tobar, Joyce Carol Oates, Edwidge Danticat, Richard Russo, Eula Bliss, Karen Russell, and many more

America is broken. You don't need a fistful of statistics to know this. Visit any city, and evidence of our shattered social compact will present itself. From Appalachia to the Rust Belt and down to rural Texas, the gap between the wealthiest and the poorest stretches to unimaginable chasms. Whether the cause of this inequality is systemic injustice, the entrenchment of racism in our culture, the long war on drugs, or immigration policies, it endangers not only the American Dream but our very lives.

In Tales of Two Americas , some of the literary world's most exciting writers look beyond numbers and wages to convey what it feels like to live in this divided nation. Their extraordinarily powerful stories, essays, and poems demonstrate how boundaries break down when experiences are shared, and that in sharing our stories we can help to alleviate a suffering that touches so many people.
Contents
Death by gentrification / Rebecca Solnit
i'm sick of pretending to give a shit about what whypeepo think / Danez Smith
Notes of a native daughter / Sandra Cisneros
Dosas / Edwige Danticat
American work / Richard Russo
Fieldwork / Manuel Muñoz
For the ones who put their names on the wall / Juan Felipe Herrera
Trash food / Chris Offutt
Some houses (various stages of dissolve) / Clair Vaye Watkins
Mobility / Julia Alvarez
Youth from every quarter / Kirstin Valdez Quade
Outside / Kiese Laymon
White debt / Eula Biss
Leander / Joyce Carol Oates
Fault lines / Ru Freeman
We share the rain, and not much else / Timothy Egan
Blood brother / Sarah Smarsh
Hillsides and flatlands / Héctor Tobar
Invisible wounds / Jess Ruliffson
How / Roxane Gay
Enough to lose / RS Deeren
To the man asleep in our driveway who might be named Phil / Anthony Doerr
Soup kitchen / Annie Dillard
Howlin' Wolf / Kevin Young
Looking for a home / Karen Russell
Visible city / Rickey Laurentiis
Portion / Joy Williams
Apartment 1G / Nami Mun
Happy / Brad Watson
A good neighbor is hard to find / Whitney Terrell
Here in a state of tectonic tension / Lawrence Joseph
Once there was a spot / Larry Watson
Hurray for losers / Dagoberto Gilb
La ciudad mágica / Patricia Engel
American arithmetic / Natalie Diaz
The worthless servant / Ann Patchett.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* America is broken, writes editor and critic Freeman (How to Read a Novelist, 2013), and the gaping divide between the rich and everyone else is the result of decades of injustice and structural inequality. The consequences of financial oppression are many, and they all played out in the 2016 election, which delivered a debt-ridden real-estate mogul and reality-TV celebrity to the White House. Freeman believes that we need a new framework for writing about inequality, and construction is well underway in this anthology of masterful and affecting stories, essays, and poems by 36 writers profoundly attuned to the sources and implications of social rupture. These are sharply inquisitive and provocative works, from Richard Russo's working-class lament to Karen Russell's account of living above a homeless shelter to Manuel Muñoz's portrait of his hardworking immigrant father to Rebecca Solnit's searing piece about gentrification, racism, and police shootings, and Claire Vaye Watkins' and Sandra Cisneros' looks back on very different impoverished childhoods. The roster also includes Eula Biss, Edwidge Danticat, Roxanne Gay, Héctor Tobar, Larry Watson, and Kevin Young. Freeman's assemblage of awakening writings literary high beams, guideposts, and compasses reminds us that we must listen to each other if we are to put American back together again.--Seaman, Donna Copyright 2017 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Freeman (Tales of Two Cities) brings together 36 authors to examine inequality in America through stories of personal experiences. Notable contributors include fiction powerhouses Ann Patchett, Edwidge Danticat, and Anthony Doerr, as well as nonfiction authors such as Eula Biss and Rebecca Solnit. The authors are a range of races and ages, the stories span America from coastal cities to smaller towns in the Midwest and South, and profile subjects include homeless people, veterans, immigrants, and the working poor. Freeman includes short stories, reportage, memoirs, essays, poems, and an excerpt from a forthcoming graphic novel. Each entry focuses on the oppressed and the downtrodden-readers will find only one side of the "two Americas" here. As a whole, the book is engagingly earnest and succeeds at highlighting the personal side of much-reported news stories on subjects such as disappearing jobs, police brutality, gentrification, and immigration policy. The book appears timed to respond with empathy to the anxieties revealed by the 2016 presidential election. The prose throughout is top quality, and readers drawn by the famous writers involved will also enjoy discovering authors previously unknown to them. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Social problems -- United States.
Social problems -- United States -- Fiction.
Social problems -- United States -- Poetry.
Social justice -- United States.
Social justice -- United States -- Fiction.
Social justice -- United States -- Poetry.
Social conflict -- United States.
Social conflict -- United States -- Fiction.
Social conflict -- United States -- Poetry.
Equality -- United States.
Equality -- United States -- Fiction.
Equality -- United States -- Poetry.
American essays.
Short stories, American.
American poetry.
United States -- Ethnic relations.
United States -- Ethnic relations -- Fiction.
United States -- Ethnic relations -- Poetry.
United States -- Race relations.
United States -- Race relations -- Fiction.
United States -- Race relations -- Poetry.
Essays.
Short stories.
Poetry.
Graphic novels.
Publisher New York, New York :Penguin Books,2017
Other Titles Tales of 2 Americas
Contributors Freeman, John, 1974- editor.
Language English
Description xviii, 330 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 9780143131038
0143131036
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