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Best African American Fiction 2010

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Bursting with energy and innovation, the second volume in the annual anthology collects the year's best short stories by African American authors.

Dealing with all aspects of life from the pain of war to the warmth of family, the superb tales in Best African American Fiction 2010 are a tribute to the stunning imaginations thriving in today's African American literary commu
Paperback, 336 pages
Published December 29th 2009 by One World/Ballantine (first published 2009)
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Sherreka Burton
So, when I read the title, I'm thinking ALL the stories would be written by black people...was I wrong for thinking that? I picked this book up because it was on display for Black History Month at my local public library; I wasn't impressed. I find that there is a lack of realistic, contemporary African-American fiction that I can stomach. I really am tired of reading about how all of my people used to be slaves; I mean, I get it, we struggled. Where's the hope? Where's the I'm here in America n ...more
Early, G. & Giovanni, N. (Eds.). (2010). Best African American fiction 2010. New York, NY: Random House.

SUMMARY: Washington University professor Gerald Early (editor) and poet/children’s author Nikki Giovanni (guest editor) serve up a wide-ranging collection of short stories and novel excerpts, both adult and young adult material, that speak to and of the African-American experience. Contributions come from established and emerging authors including Desiree Cooper, Amina Gautier, Glenville L
This was really, solidly good. I enjoyed every selection, though some were definite standouts, like Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's "The Headstrong Historian," "Where the Line Bleeds" by Jesmyn Ward, and "The Gangsters" by Colson Whitehead. I enjoyed that they had a separate section at the end focusing on young adult literature, all 3 choices that i really liked. My one quibble is that there were no bios for any of the authors included. Instead, there's a website you have to go to. That seemed odd. B ...more
I would not say that these were among the best stories in African American Fiction. Two of them were really wonderful. Some of them were amazingly horrid. Then there is the nationality and ethnicity of some of the writers that challenges the notion that African Americans wrote these words. I expected more. There was a wide variety of styles and voices. Not a bad read.

A "done-well" short story requires much more than a demonstration of brevity…

I liked some of the stories (such as Edwidge Danticat's "Ghosts" and Desiree Cooper's "Night Coming"), but this anthology contained the highest ever number of stories that I started but was not interested enough in to finish.

Jennings Peeler

A "done-well" short story requires much more than a demonstration of brevity…
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