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Black-Eyed Susans and Midnight Birds: Stories by and about Black Women

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This book combines in one volume two now classic short story collections.  The editor has added a new introduction and prefatory material.



"Mary Helen Washington has had a greater impact upon the formation of the canon of Afro-American literature than has any other scholar." --The New York Times Book Review
Paperback, 416 pages
Published December 1st 1989 by Anchor
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Kima
Dec 20, 2012 Kima rated it it was amazing
I read this cover to cover in 7th grade and then read all of the books she referenced. This anthology changed the entire course of my life.
Cara Byrne
Jun 29, 2013 Cara Byrne rated it really liked it
I actually read the 1975 edition, which is likely a bit different from this more recent edition, but I enjoyed Washington's collection of some of the most important pieces of American literature. She offers three quotations to frame the collection:

"'De nigger woman is de mule uh de world so fur as Ah can see.' Nannie, in Zora Neale Hurston's _Their Eyes Were Watching God_" &

"And she had nothing to fall back on: not maleness, not whiteness, not ladyhood, not anything. And out of profound de
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Kyami
Feb 09, 2011 Kyami rated it it was amazing
Shelves: anthology
Anthologies of Black Women Writers are wonderful because they showcase and highlight the works of well-known and un-known writers. These set of stories (20) deal with fictional alienation, conflicting relationships, and animosities on being black and a woman in America
Beverly
Feb 07, 2014 Beverly rated it it was amazing
Read this book in the 1990s - I credit Mary Helen Washington with exposing me to wonderful writers - that I sought out and my love of reading grew even more.
Ade Oluyemisi
I really enjoyed the stories some of which I wish were longer. It's making me reread The Bluest Eyes
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