All Aunt Hagar's Children
Returning to the city that inspired his first prizewinning book, Lost in the City, Jones has filled this new collection with people who call Washing...more
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As far as the endings of the stories, the endings were so random that I felt like he just sto...more
I just don't like this collection of stories very much. I feel bad about this, because it has gotten rave reviews and won awards, but it just doesn't appeal to me.
I got through 5 and 1/2 of the 14 stories, and of those, the one I've only read half of is the one I liked the best (it was just so depressing that I didn't finish it). ALL of the stories have been depressing, and in most of them, I d...more
I liked The Known World a lot, but wasn't completely sold on Jones until this book. In All Aunt Hagar's Children, he weaves the fantastical together with the harsh realities of poverty, using rich prose and imagery.
Even if you are not a fan of short stories (or fiction for that matter), I would recommend trying this book. Jones is such a talented writer that I would find myself stuck on sentences and phrases unable to move on (like wh...more
All three of Jones' books (Lost in the City and The Known World, before this) feature...more
February 2014 - Re-read for Busboys and Poets book group. I heard the author explain in an interview that these stores are a continuation, in a way, of the stories in Lost in the City. Each story is paired; the story in this book takes a character from the story in Lost in the City and tells us more. For example, Young Lions is about Caesar, Manny, Sherman, and Carol, and a scam Caesar pulls; Old Boys, Old Girls shows us Caesar years later, in prison...more
Jones recreates a century, a place, and a society that is just about gone. As a resident of the DC are...more
Those are complex stories, with a multitude of secondary characters – neighbors, relatives, ancestors – showing up and furnishing the...more
This clip serves as as a pretty good thesis for this collection of short stories from Edward P. Jones, Pulitzer-claiming author of The Known World. The current running through these tales is that of African-American families living in or aspiring to...more
So it should come as no surprise that I don't particularly care for "All Aunt Hagar's Children." It's a collection of short stories about the people of Washington, DC: specifically, blacks who trace their roots to the south. I picked it up initial...more
This collection of stories is as rich as a novel--or, perhaps I should say that each of these stories (which are hard to term "short") feels like a novella: each has rich characterization, so that even minor characters are given compelling backstory, often tragic. Each story takes place in Washington, D.C., and...more
Pulitzer Prize?winning author Edward P. Jones (The Known World, **** Nov/Dec 2003) once again unfurls his extraordinary literary talent on the world. Though a few reviewers admit he makes "occasional missteps" (New York Times), the overall effect of these poignant, demanding, and nonlinear stories is respectful awe. These are short stories, yes, but all of the tales employ novelistic time shifts and multiple subplots. The characters are utterly human and given to temptation, but Jones treats the...more