Give my love to the savages : stories
|Format:||Print Book 2021|
|Availability:||Available at 12 Libraries 13 of 15 copies|
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.
ContentsEverytime they call you nigger
How to be a dick in the twenty-first century
Lake no negro
And then we were Norrises
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 ReviewsPublisher's Weekly Review: "
African American men
African Americans -- Race identity -- Fiction.
United States -- Race relations -- Fiction.
|Publisher|| New York, NY :2021
|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.
Chuck and Tina go on vacation.
This isn't music.
Life and loves of Melvin J. Plump, Esq.
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.
238 pages ; 22 cm