Give my love to the savages : stories

by Stuck, Chris,

Format: Print Book 2021
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Summary

A provocative and raw debut collection of short fiction reminiscent of Junot Diaz's Drown.



A Black man's life, told in scenes--through every time he's been called nigger. A Black son who visits his estranged white father in Los Angeles just as the '92 riots begin. A Black Republican, coping with a skin disease that has turned him white, is forced to reconsider his life. A young Black man, fetishized by an older white woman he's just met, is offered a strange and tempting proposal.

The nine tales in Give My Love to the Savages illuminate the multifaceted Black experience, exploring the thorny intersections of race, identity, and Black life through an extraordinary cast of characters. From the absurd to the starkly realistic, these stories take aim at the ironies and contradictions of the American racial experience. Chris Stuck traverses the dividing lines, and attempts to create meaning from them in unique and unusual ways. Each story considers a marker of our current culture, from uprisings and sly and not-so-sly racism, to Black fetishization and conservatism, to the obstacles placed in front of Black masculinity and Black and interracial relationships by society and circumstance.

Setting these stories across America, from Los Angeles, Phoenix and the Pacific Northwest, to New York and Washington, DC, to the suburbs and small Midwestern towns, Stuck uses place to expose the absurdity of race and the odd ways that Black people and white people converge and retreat, rub against and bump into one another.

Ultimately, Give My Love to the Savages is the story of America. With biting humor and careful honesty, Stuck riffs on the dichotomy of love and barbarity--the yin and yang of racial experience--and the difficult and uncertain terrain Black Americans must navigate in pursuit of their desires.

Contents
Everytime they call you nigger
How to be a dick in the twenty-first century
Lake no negro
And then we were Norrises
Cowboys
Chuck and Tina go on vacation
This isn't music
The life and loves of Melvin J. Plump, Esq.
Give my love to the savages.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Stuck puts an inventive spin on Black satire in his engaging debut collection. In "Every Time They Call You Nigger," a Black man traces moments from kindergarten to adulthood when he is called the n-word, ruminating on how the word changes meaning as he gets older. In "Lake No Negro," a young Black man is invited into a polyamorous relationship by an older white couple and realizes the woman has a race fetish. "The Life and Loves of Melvin J. Plump, Esq." explores the intersection of race and identity as the narrator, a Black Republican, struggles to come to terms with a skin disease that's turning him white, and "How to Be a Dick in the Twenty-First Century" takes a Philip Roth--style dive through a man's metamorphosis into a penis. The blistering title story considers the contradictions of being biracial in its account of a young man visiting his racist white father in Los Angeles during the 1992 riots, only to come to terms with his own privilege. Stuck brings uncompromising humor and judicious characterizations, offering piercing insights on the complexity of his characters' experiences. The author's perfect balance of absurdism and realism makes these stories shine. Agent: Dan Mandel, Sanford J. Greenburger Assoc. (July)"
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Additional Information
Subjects African American men -- Fiction.
African Americans -- Race identity -- Fiction.
United States -- Race relations -- Fiction.
Short stories.
Publisher New York, NY :2021
Edition First edition.
Other Titles Everytime they call you nigger.
How to be a dick in the twenty-first century.
Lake no negro.
And then we were Norrises.
Cowboys.
Chuck and Tina go on vacation.
This isn't music.
Life and loves of Melvin J. Plump, Esq.
Short stories.
Contributors Stuck, Chris. Everytime they call you nigger.
Stuck, Chris. How to be a dick in the twenty-first century.
Stuck, Chris. Lake no negro.
Stuck, Chris. And then we were Norrises.
Stuck, Chris. Cowboys.
Stuck, Chris. Chuck and Tina go on vacation.
Stuck, Chris. This isn't music.
Stuck, Chris. Life and loves of Melvin J. Plump, Esq.
Language English
Description 238 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780063029972
0063029979
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