Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah audiobook

Friday Black

By Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
Read by Corey Allen  and Carra Patterson

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A piercingly raw debut story collection from a young writer with an explosive voice; a treacherously surreal, and, at times, heartbreakingly satirical look at what it's like to be young and black in America. From the start of this extraordinary debut, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah's writing will grab you, haunt you, enrage and invigorate you. By placing ordinary characters in extraordinary situations, Adjei-Brenyah reveals the violence, injustice, and painful absurdities that black men and women contend with every day in this country. These stories tackle urgent instances of racism and cultural unrest, and explore the many ways we fight for humanity in an unforgiving world. In "The Finkelstein Five," Adjei-Brenyah gives us an unforgettable reckoning of the brutal prejudice of our justice system. In "Zimmer Land," we see a far-too-easy-to-believe imagining of racism as sport. And "Friday Black" and "How to Sell a Jacket as Told by Ice King" show the horrors of consumerism and the toll it takes on us all. Entirely fresh in its style and perspective, and sure to appeal to fans of Colson Whitehead, Marlon James, and George Saunders, Friday Black confronts readers with a complicated, insistent, wrenching chorus of emotions, the final note of which, remarkably, is hope.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

Longlisted for the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction

Longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

An Elle Magazine Pick of the Best Books of the Year So Far

An Entertainment Weekly Pick of the Month

A piercingly raw debut story collection from a young writer with an explosive voice; a treacherously surreal, and, at times, heartbreakingly satirical look at what it's like to be young and black in America. From the start of this extraordinary debut, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah's writing will grab you, haunt you, enrage and invigorate you. By placing ordinary characters in extraordinary situations, Adjei-Brenyah reveals the violence, injustice, and painful absurdities that black men and women contend with every day in this country. These stories tackle urgent instances of racism and cultural unrest, and explore the many ways we fight for humanity in an unforgiving world. In "The Finkelstein Five," Adjei-Brenyah gives us an unforgettable reckoning of the brutal prejudice of our justice system. In "Zimmer Land," we see a far-too-easy-to-believe imagining of racism as sport. And "Friday Black" and "How to Sell a Jacket as Told by Ice King" show the horrors of consumerism and the toll it takes on us all. Entirely fresh in its style and perspective, and sure to appeal to fans of Colson Whitehead, Marlon James, and George Saunders, Friday Black confronts readers with a complicated, insistent, wrenching chorus of emotions, the final note of which, remarkably, is hope.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Darkly absurdist tales that take the horrors of racism to surreal new levels.” O, The Oprah Magazine
“A powerful and important and strange and beautiful collection of stories…a dystopian book as full of violence as it is of heart.” New York Times Book Review
“This collection is nothing short of astounding.” Boston Globe
“A searing, exacting look at injustice in America…delivered in a way that makes it impossible to look away.” Huffington Post
“Aching and powerful dispatches on race, violence, and the modern world.” Southern Living
“Narrators Corey Allen and Carra Patterson perform this collection of powerful stories…Allen narrates the bulk of the pieces, giving the prose a free-verse style and letting the author’s words and the characters’ emotions rise to the surface. Patterson delivers the final two stories in a voice that is world-weary yet tinted with a drop of optimism…Allen’s performance is near perfect, and Patterson’s work is equally impressive. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile

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Reviews

Author

Author Bio: Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

Author Bio: Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah is from Spring Valley, New York. He graduated from SUNY Albany and went on to receive his MFA from Syracuse University. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous publications, including Guernica, Compose: A Journal of Simply Good Writing, Printer’s Row, Gravel, and the Breakwater Review, where he was selected by ZZ Packer as the winner of the 2nd Annual Breakwater Review Fiction Contest. Friday Black is his first book.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 7.14
Audience: Adult
Language: English