Lost in the City: Stories
“Original and arresting….[Jones’s] stories will touch chords of empathy and recognition in all readers.”
“These 14 stories of African-American life…affirm humanity as only good literature can.”
—Los Angeles Times
A magnificent collection of short fiction focusing on the lives of African-American men and women in Washington, D.C., Lost in the City is the book t...more
These stories follow the lives of ordinary people, though there is a pervasive sense of loss, and domestic violence and tragedy are common occurrences. Though th ...more
The stories seem so matter of fact - authentic. They're not flashy or dramatized. It's like it could ...more
I know Edward if only slightly and he is an unassuming guy ...more
"On an otherwise unremarkable September morning, long before I learned to be ashamed of my mother, she takes my hand and we set off down New Jersey Avenue to begin my very first day of school."
So begins The First Day, one of the fourteen character driven short stories drawn from Edward P. Jones' award winning book, "Lost in the City." It is the story of an illiterate mother who sacrifices pride and seeks help from a stranger in order to get her young daughter enrolled in school and it is also ...more
The first story, The Girl Who Raised Pigeons, demonstrates that the characters are real and that they have the same feelings of love and self that whites have. Betsy Ann is eight when she first sees pigeons being raised by a barber friend of her father. It is love at first sight. Over the years she bothers her father for ...more
When a work comes along, however, that brings something uniquely "of the District" to li ...more
I mean, really? This collection opens with a story about a girl who raises pigeons. It ends with all the pigeons except two being killed by rats (sort of poetically ironic, considering that pigeons are flying rats). The two remaining pigeons escape and stare at the girl from across the way, refusing to come home since they are their compatriots were b ...more
“She came to know the city so well that had she been blindfolded and taken to practically any place in Washington, even as far away as Anacostia or Georgetown, she could have taken off the blindfold and walked home without a moment’s trouble. Her favorite place became the library park at Mount Vernon Square, the same park where Miss Jenny had first seen Robert and Clara together, across the street ...more
While all worth reading, my favorites are:
The Girl Who Raised Pigeons
The Night Rhonda Ferguson W ...more
The stories feature varying characters, from children to pensioners, in many different situations, often difficult, in settings that have in som ...more
Each of these stories will pull at a heart string. After completing each story I had to take a break just to think about what I just read. This collection was just absolutely breathtaking and I was overwhelmed by each individual story.
Edward P. Jones is amazing and I cannot wait to read one of his novels.
You know it's an amazing collection when the characters from the stories pop into my head a year or two after the reading--on my way to work, in the subway, etc. as if their life stories somehow got interwoven into my own like people I had met.
Everyone in these stories is striving for something better, something more than what they have, whether its education fo ...more
Consider this passage:
In my first months at Holy Cross College, I found an inordinate amount of ignorance about the city where I was born and raised, about a place that ...more