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The Nature of Longing
by Alyce Miller
The eight stories in 'The Nature of Longing' move beyond conventional boundaries of race and gender to explore the universal desire to belong. Avoiding easy answers, Alyce Miller probes the overlapping worlds of blacks, whites, gays, and straights, all caught in the ordinary human struggle to connect with parents, spouses, lovers, friends, and children. In the title story, ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published November 17th 1995 by W. W. Norton & Company
(first published October 1994)
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The first and last stories of this are her best. I fell for the characters in such a way that, even if I didn't like them, I wanted to know them better. All her stories deal with much the same topic: what it feels like to be black. What's unique to Miller's stories is that she portrays characters who want to be more black and less white in order to fit in. Only three stars because the middle stories blended together in a mix of half-interesting characters and boring dialogue.