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The awkward black man : stories

by Mosley, Walter,

Format: Print Book 2020
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Summary

Bestselling author Walter Mosley has proven himself a master of narrative tension, both with his extraordinary fiction and gripping writing for television. The Awkward Black Man collects seventeen of Mosley's most accomplished short stories to showcase the full range of his remarkable talent.

Mosley presents distinct characters as they struggle to move through the world in each of these stories--heroes who are awkward, nerdy, self-defeating, self-involved, and, on the whole, odd. He overturns the stereotypes that corral black male characters and paints a subtle, powerful portrait of each of these unique individuals. In "The Good News Is," a man's insecurity about his weight gives way to a serious illness and the intense loneliness that accompanies it. Deeply vulnerable, he allows himself to be taken advantage of in return for a little human comfort in a raw display of true need. "Pet Fly," previously published in the New Yorker , follows a man working as a mailroom clerk for a big company--a solitary job for which he is overqualified--and the unforeseen repercussions he endures when he attempts to forge a connection beyond the one he has with the fly buzzing around his apartment. And "Almost Alyce" chronicles failed loves, family loss, alcoholism, and a Zen approach to the art of begging that proves surprisingly effective.

Touching and contemplative, each of these unexpected stories offers the best of one of our most gifted writers.

Contents
The good news is
Pet fly
Almost Alyce
Starting over
Leading from the affair
Cut, cut, cut
Between storms
The black woman in the Chinese hat
Local hero
Otis
Showdown on the Hudson
Breath
Reply to a dead man
The letter
Haunted
The sin of dreams
An unlikely series of conversations.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In this collection of simple and complex portraits of a wide range of Black men, Mosley, whose many honors include a PEN America Lifetime Achievement Award, defies the stereotypical images that abound in American culture. The characters in these 17 short stories run the gamut, from hapless nerd to the deliberately blind victim of loneliness, with insecurities on full display. These first-person narratives present an array of men in varying circumstances facing racism, obstructed opportunities, and other terrors of modern life, including climate change, natural and manmade disasters, homelessness, urban violence, and failed relationships. Among the characters are Jared, who is left to care for his three children after his wife runs away with her lover, and his everyday struggle until the wife returns too late to repair their marriage; and Michael, unhinged and bracing for his latest experience with hurricanes by secluding himself in his apartment, ultimately resisting all efforts to reconnect with the world, despite the shutdown of his utilities and threats of eviction, and ironically achieving an unwelcome hero status. Master storyteller Mosley has created a beautiful collection about Black men who are, indeed, awkward in their poignant humanity.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Mosley's is an essential American voice and his portraits of Black men will have profound resonance."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Mosley (Trouble Is What I Do) delivers a vibrant collection of 17 luminous stories, many with a focus on downtrodden and troubled protagonists. In "The Good News Is," a man plagued by weight issues starts losing weight. While his new confidence and appearance boost his love life, a diagnosis of abdominal cancer, the cause of his weight loss, puts a wrench in things. Almost as desperate is the Black mail room worker in "Pet Fly," who decides to branch outside his comfort zone and romance the "white girl" at work, with disastrous results. Albert, the loser alcoholic hero of "Almost Alyce," winds up on top after partnering with a shoplifter by distracting security. Frank, the doting husband in "Leading from the Affair," is so unhinged and damaged from the betrayal of his unfaithful wife that he commissions two therapists to untangle his misery. A fresh commentary on diversity and racial equality comes courtesy of the serpentine closing tale, "An Unlikely Series of Conversations," in which a bank teller aches for a new job, but decides that the one he has comes with perks he was unaware of. Each entry is a testament to Mosley's enduring literary power. (Sept.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Short stories.
Publisher New York :2020
Edition First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition.
Other Titles Short stories.
Language English
Description 328 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 9780802149565
0802149561
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