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Introducing the first volume in an exciting new annual anthology featuring the year’s most outstanding fiction by some of today’s finest African American writers.

From stories that depict black life in times gone by to those that address contemporary issues, this inaugural volume gathers the very best recent African American fiction. Created during a period of electrifying political dialogue and cultural, social, and economic change that is sure to captivate the imaginations of writers and readers for years to come, these short stories and novel excerpts explore a rich variety of subjects. But most of all, they represent exceptional artistry.

Here you’ll find work by both established names and up-and-comers, ranging from Walter Dean Myers to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Mat Johnson, and Junot Díaz. They write about subjects as diverse as the complexities of black middle-class life and the challenges of interracial relationships, a modern-day lynching in the South and a young musician’s coming-of-age during the Harlem Renaissance. What unites these stories, whether set in suburbia, in eighteenth-century New York City, or on a Caribbean island that is supposed to be “brown skin paradise,” is their creators’ passionate engagement with matters of the human heart.

Masterful and engaging, this first volume of Best African American Fiction features stories you’ll want to savor, share, and return to again and again.

Please click the "Behind the Book" link for contributor’s bios.

Synopsis:

Introducing the first volume in an exciting new annual anthology featuring the years most outstanding fiction by some of todays finest African American writers.

From stories that depict black life in times gone by to those that address contemporary issues, this inaugural volume gathers the very best recent African American fiction. Created during a period of electrifying political dialogue and cultural, social, and economic change that is sure to captivate the imaginations of writers and readers for years to come, these short stories and novel excerpts explore a rich variety of subjects. But most of all, they represent exceptional artistry.

Here youll find work by both established names and up-and-comers, ranging from Walter Dean Myers to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Mat Johnson, and Junot Díaz. They write about subjects as diverse as the complexities of black middle-class life and the challenges of interracial relationships, a modern-day lynching in the South and a young musicians coming-of-age during the Harlem Renaissance. What unites these stories, whether set in suburbia, in eighteenth-century New York City, or on a Caribbean island that is supposed to be “brown skin paradise,” is their creators passionate engagement with matters of the human heart.

Masterful and engaging, this first volume of Best African American Fiction features stories youll want to savor, share, and return to again and again.

Please click the "Behind the Book" link for contributors bios.

Table of Contents

Introduction/By Gerald Early, Series Editor

Introduction/By E. Lynn Harris, Guest Editor

Stories

Pita Delicious/By ZZ Packer

Albino Crow/By Chris Abani

Orb Weaver/By Emily Raboteau

The Saving Work/By Tiphanie Yanique

Dance for Me/By Amina Gautier

Cell One/By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

In the Blink of Gods Eye/By Edward P. Jones

This Kind of Red/By Helen Elaine Lee

Novel Excerpts

Dark Reflections/By Samuel R. Delany

The Great Negro Plot/By Mat Johnson

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao/By Junot Díaz

Man Gone Down/By Michael Thomas

Young Adult Fiction

Excerpt from Feathers/By Jacqueline Woodson

Excerpt from Harlem Summer/By Walter Dean Myers

Excerpt from Elijah of Buxton/By Christopher Paul Curtis

Excerpt from Up for It: A Tale of the Underground/By L.F. Haines

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780553806892
Subtitle:
2009
Author:
Early, Gerald
Editor:
Early, Gerald
Editor:
Harris, E. Lynn
Author:
Early, Gerald
Author:
Gerald Early, series editor, and E. Lynn Harris, guest editor
Author:
Harris, E. Lynn
Publisher:
Bantam
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
American fiction
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
African American - General
Subject:
American fiction - African American authors -
Edition Description:
2009 Cloth
Series:
Best African American Fiction
Publication Date:
20090113
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.30x6.34x1.15 in. 1.19 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Introducing the first volume in an exciting new annual anthology featuring the years most outstanding fiction by some of todays finest African American writers.

From stories that depict black life in times gone by to those that address contemporary issues, this inaugural volume gathers the very best recent African American fiction. Created during a period of electrifying political dialogue and cultural, social, and economic change that is sure to captivate the imaginations of writers and readers for years to come, these short stories and novel excerpts explore a rich variety of subjects. But most of all, they represent exceptional artistry.

Here youll find work by both established names and up-and-comers, ranging from Walter Dean Myers to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Mat Johnson, and Junot Díaz. They write about subjects as diverse as the complexities of black middle-class life and the challenges of interracial relationships, a modern-day lynching in the South and a young musicians coming-of-age during the Harlem Renaissance. What unites these stories, whether set in suburbia, in eighteenth-century New York City, or on a Caribbean island that is supposed to be “brown skin paradise,” is their creators passionate engagement with matters of the human heart.

Masterful and engaging, this first volume of Best African American Fiction features stories youll want to savor, share, and return to again and again.

Please click the "Behind the Book" link for contributors bios.

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