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Break Any Woman Down (01 Edition)by Dana Johnson
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In this hip, vital, and sexy debut, winner of the 2001 Flannery OConnor Award for Short Fiction, Dana Johnson launches a fleet of wonderful stories across unexpected terrain, upending notions of race, class and gender in utterly original ways.
An eleven-year-old black girl from South Central LA discovers the strangeness of moving to the suburbs and falling in love with a white boy. A pair of enthusiastic middle-aged Iranian sisters debate whether or not their futures hold children. A punk musician falls for a girl out of his league. A black lap dancer gives up her job to move in with her Greek actor boyfriend, who hasnt managed to get roles in anything but porn movies. Whether bold or rueful, salacious or sweet, each voice in Break Any Woman Down is vibrantly authentic; together they add a fresh and welcome chorus to American literature.
Presents a collection of short stories that chronicle the lives and fortunes of young black women who discover their identities and emotions through their varied relationships with men. Winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.
Johnson presents her debut collection of stories whose focus ranges from a black lap dancer and her white porn star boyfriend, to three ladies sipping tea in a Persian garden.
About the Author
A native of Los Angeles, Dana Johnson worked as a magazine editor before completing her M.F.A. at Indiana University, where she now teaches creative writing and literature.
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