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The awkward black man : stories / Walter Mosley.

Mosley, Walter, (author.).


"Bestselling author Walter Mosley has proven himself a master of narrative tension, both with his extraordinary fiction and gripping writing for television. The Awkward Black Man collects seventeen of Mosley's most accomplished short stories to display the full range of his remarkable talent. Mosley presents distinct characters as they struggle to move through the world in each of these stories-heroes who are awkward, nerdy, self-defeating, self-involved, and, on the whole, odd. He overturns the stereotypes that corral black male characters and paints a subtle, powerful portrait of each of these unique individuals. In "The Good News Is," a man's insecurity about his weight gives way to a serious illness and the intense loneliness that accompanies it. Deeply vulnerable, he allows himself to be taken advantage of in return for a little human comfort in a raw display of true need. "Pet Fly" follows a man working as a mailroom clerk for a big company-and the unforeseen repercussions he endures when he attempts to forge a connection beyond the one he has with the fly buzzing around his apartment. And "Almost Alyce" chronicles failed loves, family loss, alcoholism, and a Zen approach to the art of begging that proves surprisingly effective. Touching and contemplative, each of these unexpected stories offers the best of one of our most gifted writers."-- Provided by publisher.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780802149565
  • ISBN: 0802149561
  • ISBN: 9780802156853
  • ISBN: 0802156851
  • Physical Description: 328 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Grove Press, an imprint of Grove Atlantic, 2020.

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note:
Good news is -- Pet fly -- Almost Alyce -- Starting over -- Leading from the affair -- Cut, cut, cut -- Between storms -- Black woman in the Chinese hat -- Local hero -- Otis -- Showdown on the Hudson -- Breath -- Reply to a dead man -- Letter -- Haunted -- Sin of dreams -- An unlikely series of conversations.
Subject: African American men > Fiction.
African Americans > Fiction.
Interpersonal communication > Fiction.
Genre: Short stories.

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