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StoriesBook - 2011
'Danny Senna's probing and marvellous stories delve into the deepest layers of the human heart and psyche, all white showing us a multicolored, multiflavored, and, most important, multilayered world to which we all-lovers, mothers, nomads, strangers-could easily belong.'
- EDWIDGE DANTICAT
Each of these eight remarkable stories by Danzy Senna, author of the bestselling Caucasia tightrope walks between defined states- life with and without mates, children, or the reference points provided by race, class, and gender. Tensions arise between a liberal couple when their son is admitted to the elite private school where they'd applied on a lark. A new mother hosts an old friend, still single, and discovers how each of them pities-and envies-the other. In the title story a woman's strange correspondence with a girl claiming to be her daughter leads her into the doubts and what-ifs of the life she hasn't lived. This is a bravura first collection about identity under the influence of appearances, attachments, and longing, from an author whose extraordinary talent and relevance continue to grow.
'Danzy Senna's stories are beautiful examples of deceptive simplicity, which of course isn't simplicity at all. The tales are seductive, lucid dispatched from contemporary life, but the undercurrents are electric and strange, and go on working changes on you after the book is closed.'
- JONATHAN LETHEM
'Searingly smart and profoundly satisfying . . . These women and men are palapable and so well wrought that one loses the sense that one is readying a book.'
- RICHARD BAUSCH
'One hell of a book.'
- VICTOR LaVALLE