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Introducing a new star of her generation, an electric debut story collection about young African-American and mixed-race teens, women, and men struggling to find a place in their families and communities.

When Danielle Evans's short story "Virgins" was published in The Paris Review in late 2007, it announced the arrival of a bold new voice. Written when she was only twenty-three, Evans's story of two black, blue-collar fifteen-year-old girls' flirtation with adulthood for one night was startling in its pitch-perfect examination of race, class, and the shifting terrain of adolescence.

Now this debut collection delivers on the promise of that early story. In "Harvest," a college student's unplanned pregnancy forces her to confront her own feelings of inadequacy in comparison to her white classmates. In "Jellyfish," a father's misguided attempt to rescue a gift for his grown daughter from an apartment collapse magnifies all he doesn't know about her. And in "Snakes," the mixed-race daughter of intellectuals recounts the disastrous summer she spent with her white grandmother and cousin, a summer that has unforeseen repercussions in the present.

Striking in their emotional immediacy, the stories in Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self are based in a world where inequality is reality but where the insecurities of adolescence and young adulthood, and the tensions within family and the community, are sometimes the biggest complicating forces in one's sense of identity and the choices one makes.

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"The territory Evans covers in her debut collection may be small, but she owns it. Her main characters are almost all teen girls and young women who struggle with disorder, and the reader is given close access to each one's interior, from which the muted plots originate. 'Jellyfish,' one of the better stories, starts out with the plight of middle-aged William, whose roof has just collapsed, before settling on his adult daughter, Eva, and examining her life. The two friends in 'Virgins,' the opening and best story, maneuver unsteadily through the minefield of casually predatory men and boys. 'Snakes' looks back on a consequential summer in the lives of two little girls. 'The King of a Vast Empire' is the biggest departure from form and is narrated by good son Terrence, who frustratedly tells the story of his free-spirited sister, Liddie. The stories are beautifully observed, though their similarities in theme and voice make them better read individually than together. Evans has some great chops that would really shine with a little more narrative breadth. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

Synopsis:

This electric debut story collection focuses on African-American and mixed-race teens, women, and men struggling to find their place. Striking in their emotional immediacy, the tales are based in a world where insecurities of adolescence and young adulthood, and the tensions within family are the biggest complicating forces in one's sense of identity and the choices one makes.

Synopsis:

The debut of a "striking" new voice in fiction (Entertainment Weekly)

Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self offers a bold new perspective on the experience of being young and African-American or mixed-race in modern-day America.

In each of her stories, Danielle Evans explores the non-white American experience with honesty, wisdom, and humor. They are striking in their emotional immediacy, based in a world where inequality is a reality, but the insecurities of young adulthood and tensions within family are often the more complicating factors.

One of the most lauded debuts of the year, Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self announces a major new talent in Danielle Evans.

About the Author

Danielle Evans is a graduate of Columbia University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her stories have appeared in The Paris Review, A Public Space, and The Best American Short Stories 2008.

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Mara Lee, September 4, 2011 (view all comments by Mara Lee)
I don't usually love short stories -- not enough time for the characters to feel real, I suppose -- but this book is bursting with people as real as those on the bus next to you.

Danielle Evans is very young, and so are nearly all her characters. Because teen and young 20s years are so full of confusion and self-discovery, that makes for interesting plots, even when the story only covers a summer, a semester, or just one night.

All the main characters in the stories are African American (or in one case, biracial), and while racial politics aren't relevant in every one, the ones where race take central stage are stunningly good. But so is the one about two kids in college whose family became dysfunctional after a car accident that killed children in the other car -- and the characters' blackness is not so central there.

I'm looking forward to her first novel.
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John Chattin, September 2, 2011 (view all comments by John Chattin)
Evans’ writing is so skillfully cool, and the underpinnings of race, class and family are so subtly crafted into her characters, that it’s easy to be swept away by her stories. These stories cut close to the bone -- they’re easy reads, because of the confident and heartfelt writing, but the relationships and identities in the stories are complex. There’s a wide array here of characters and perspectives -- different genders, races, classes -- yet amid all this variety, there are the many shared experiences -- loneliness, love, passion and fear -- that bring these stories, and us all, together.
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Kris B, January 14, 2011 (view all comments by Kris B)
Recommended reading if you are interested in race, families, adolescence, and short fiction.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781594487699
Author:
Evans, Danielle
Publisher:
Riverhead Hardcover
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Science Fiction - Short Stories
Subject:
African American - General
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20100923
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.56 x 6.04 x 0.88 in 0.79 lb
Age Level:
17-17

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The territory Evans covers in her debut collection may be small, but she owns it. Her main characters are almost all teen girls and young women who struggle with disorder, and the reader is given close access to each one's interior, from which the muted plots originate. 'Jellyfish,' one of the better stories, starts out with the plight of middle-aged William, whose roof has just collapsed, before settling on his adult daughter, Eva, and examining her life. The two friends in 'Virgins,' the opening and best story, maneuver unsteadily through the minefield of casually predatory men and boys. 'Snakes' looks back on a consequential summer in the lives of two little girls. 'The King of a Vast Empire' is the biggest departure from form and is narrated by good son Terrence, who frustratedly tells the story of his free-spirited sister, Liddie. The stories are beautifully observed, though their similarities in theme and voice make them better read individually than together. Evans has some great chops that would really shine with a little more narrative breadth. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Synopsis" by , This electric debut story collection focuses on African-American and mixed-race teens, women, and men struggling to find their place. Striking in their emotional immediacy, the tales are based in a world where insecurities of adolescence and young adulthood, and the tensions within family are the biggest complicating forces in one's sense of identity and the choices one makes.
"Synopsis" by ,

The debut of a "striking" new voice in fiction (Entertainment Weekly)

Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self offers a bold new perspective on the experience of being young and African-American or mixed-race in modern-day America.

In each of her stories, Danielle Evans explores the non-white American experience with honesty, wisdom, and humor. They are striking in their emotional immediacy, based in a world where inequality is a reality, but the insecurities of young adulthood and tensions within family are often the more complicating factors.

One of the most lauded debuts of the year, Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self announces a major new talent in Danielle Evans.

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