Synopses & Reviews
"Beautiful, brilliant, bold... Tantamount to a slice from the Americana songbook." Christopher John Stephens, PopMatters
With luminous insight and fervent prose, Andre Perry's debut collection of personal essays, Some of Us Are Very Hungry Now, travels from Washington, DC, to Iowa City to Hong Kong in search of both individual and national identity. While displaying tenderness and a disarming honesty, Perry catalogs racial degradations committed on the campuses of elite universities and liberal bastions like San Francisco while coming of age in America.
The essays in Some of Us Are Very Hungry Now take the form of personal reflection, multiple choice questions, screenplays, and imagined talk-show conversations, while traversing the daily minefields of childhood schoolyards and Midwestern dive-bars. The impression of Perry's personal journey is arresting and beguiling, while announcing the author's arrival as a formidable American voice.
"A complete, deep, satisfying read... The variety of structures, formats, and rhythms Perry uses in Some of Us Are Very Hungry Now is extraordinary... These essays shine with broken humanity and announce the arrival of a new voice in contemporary nonfiction, but they do so with heaps of melancholia and frustration instead of answers. That Perry can hurt us and keep us asking for more is a testament to his talent as a storyteller." NPR
"The brilliance, transparency, and earnest exploration of race, class, politics, sexuality, and notions of home are collectively so nuanced that I am certain this book is like a comet — you might never see the likes of it again." Tameka Cage Conley, PhD
"An interrogation of language, pop culture, society, and the self, Andre Perry's essay collection...dissects uncomfortable truths and universalities... With his frank, empathetic tone and no-nonsense prose, Andre Perry is a fresh American voice that demands to be heard."
"With an arsenal of honesty, outrage, and vulnerability, his essays are going to jolt you out of the dullness of whatever room you're reading in and shove you into someplace new. It'll feel uncomfortable, sometimes hilarious, heartbreaking often, and ultimately transcendent."
John D'Agata, author of Halls of Fame, About a Mountain, and The Lifespan of a Fact
"Perry's essay collection contains personal, deeply felt ruminations on identity, racism, and belonging."
D.R. Baker, Book Riot '6 Great Books that Experiment with Text and Genre'
About the Author
Andre Perry is an essayist and arts advocate. He received his MFA from the University of Iowa's Nonfiction Writing Program and his work has appeared in The Believer, Catapult, Granta and other journals. He co-founded Iowa City's Mission Creek Festival, a celebration of music and literature, as well as the multidisciplinary festival of creative process, Witching Hour. He continues to live and work in Iowa City. This is his first book.