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The office of historical corrections : a novella and stories

by Evans, Danielle,

Format: Print Book 2020
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Summary
A WASHINGTON POST NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR

An O, THE OPRAH MAGAZINE BEST BOOK OF 2020

FINALIST FOR THE STORY PRIZE

LONGLISTED FOR THE ASPEN WORDS LITERARY PRIZE

ONE OF THE NEW YORKER BOOK CRITIC'S FAVORITE FICTION OF THE YEAR

"Sublime short stories of race, grief, and belonging . . . an extraordinary new collection . . ." -- The New Yorker

"Evans's new stories present rich plots reflecting on race relations, grief, and love . . ." -- The New York Times Book Review , Editor's Choice

"Danielle Evans demonstrates, once again, that she is the finest short story writer working today." --Roxane Gay, The New York Times -bestselling author of Difficult Women and Bad Feminist

The award-winning author of Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self brings her signature voice and insight to the subjects of race, grief, apology, and American history.

Danielle Evans is widely acclaimed for her blisteringly smart voice and X-ray insights into complex human relationships. With The Office of Historical Corrections , Evans zooms in on particular moments and relationships in her characters' lives in a way that allows them to speak to larger issues of race, culture, and history. She introduces us to Black and multiracial characters who are experiencing the universal confusions of lust and love, and getting walloped by grief--all while exploring how history haunts us, personally and collectively. Ultimately, she provokes us to think about the truths of American history--about who gets to tell them, and the cost of setting the record straight.

In "Boys Go to Jupiter," a white college student tries to reinvent herself after a photo of her in a Confederate-flag bikini goes viral. In "Richard of York Gave Battle in Vain," a photojournalist is forced to confront her own losses while attending an old friend's unexpectedly dramatic wedding. And in the eye-opening title novella, a black scholar from Washington, DC, is drawn into a complex historical mystery that spans generations and puts her job, her love life, and her oldest friendship at risk.
Contents
Happily ever after
Richard of York gave battle in vain
Boys go to Jupiter
Alcatraz
Why won't women just say what they want
Anything could disappear
The office of historical corrections.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In this collection of six short stories and a novella, Evans (Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self, 2010) solidifies her reputation as one of the most thought-provoking contemporary storytellers. She introduces each of her protagonists, all women, on the brink of a life-altering crossroads. Whether these women react or respond to life's curveballs is steeped in the complexities of their moral compasses. Themes of grief, trauma, sisterhood, and love influence their choices, and the ways in which they evolve. Classism also serves as a thread, as they make concessions in their struggles to solidify their places in the world. These women display a bold dedication to living full lives despite societal pressures. Evans writes with a wealth of knowledge of American history, serving as a catalyst for both the prisons and the freedoms her characters are allowed to explore. She dives into the generational wounds from America's violent racial past and present, and crafts her stories with a surgeon's precision. Each detail meticulously builds on the last, leading to satisfying, unforeseeable plot twists. The language is colorful and drenched with emotion. Readers won't be able to look away from the page as Evans captivates them in a world all her own."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Evans (Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self) brings her usual wit and keen eye to her latest collection, which offers seven stories that explore the complexity of human emotions and relationships. While every story offers a discrete narrative, recurring themes of pain, loss, fear, and failed relationships give the collection a sense of unity. The title novella is the crowning jewel, a historical mystery centered around a Black historian whose job in Washington, D.C., is complicated when she is sent on a dangerous assignment to the site of a 1937 lynching in Wisconsin. The rest of the stories, however, are hit-or-miss. "Why Won't Women Just Say What They Want" is a witty exploration of a male artist's love life and his bizarre project of apologizing to the women he hurt. "Alcatraz" is a sad, touching story that explores how an unjust incarceration destroys a family. However, "Boys Go to Jupiter," in which a white college student deals with "collective anger" after a photo of her in a Confederate-flag bikini goes viral, fails to say anything of note about race or racism. Despite its shortcomings, this is a timely, entertaining collection from a talented writer who isn't afraid to take chances. (Nov.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects African American women -- Fiction.
Short stories.
Publisher New York :2020
Other Titles Short stories.
Language English
Description 269 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9781594487330
1594487332
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