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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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"Best African American Fiction" brings together short fiction by well known and up-and coming young writers to watch.

About the Author

E. Lynn Harris is a nine-time New York Times bestselling author. His work includes the memoir What Becomes of the Brokenhearted and the novels, A Love of My Own, Just as I Am, Any Way the Wind Blows (all three of which were named Novel of the Year by the Blackboard African American Bestsellers), I Say a Little Prayer, If This World Were Mine (which won the James Baldwin Award for Literary Excellence), and the classic Invisible Life. His latest book is Just Too Good to Be True.

Gerald Early is a noted essayist and American culture critic. A professor of English, African & African American Studies, and American Culture Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, Early is the author of several books, including The Culture of Bruising: Essays on Prizefighting, Literature, and Modern American Culture, which won the 1994 National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism, and This Is Where I Came In: Black America in the 1960s. He is also editor of numerous volumes, including The Muhammad Ali Reader and The Sammy Davis, Jr. Reader. He served as a consultant on four of Ken Burnss documentary films, Baseball, Jazz, Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson, and The War, and appeared in the first three as an on-air analyst.

Table of Contents

Introduction/By Gerald Early, Series Editor

Introduction/By E. Lynn Harris, Guest Editor


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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Early, Gerald
Early, Gerald
Harris, E. Lynn
Early, Gerald
Gerald Early, series editor, and E. Lynn Harris, guest editor
Harris, E. Lynn
Anthologies (multiple authors)
American fiction
African Americans
African American - General
American fiction - African American authors -
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2009 Paper
Best African American Fiction
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9.20x6.26x.90 in. .90 lbs.

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