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4.11  ·  Rating details ·  95 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Ten stories of Black life written with Ms. Bambara's characteristic vigor, sensibility and winning irony. The stories range from the timid and bumbling confusion of a novice community worker in "The Apprentice" to the love-versus-politics crisis of an organizers wife, to the dark and bright notes of the title story about the passengers on a refugee ship from a war-torn Asi ...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published August 12th 1982 by Vintage (first published 1977)
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Miles
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Again, I cannot believe it took me this long to find this woman's work. I struggle to think of very many writers who do the short story better; there are no writers who do a better job writing short stories about young Black people. Part of what I appreciated in the difference between Sea Birds and, say, Gorilla, My Love, is the turned attention to other Black peoples of the world. This collection felt more international than GML, though each are heavily invested in centering the Black experienc ...more
Carrie Laben
Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Published in 1977, this book is not only still relevant in terms of content (most of the stories center around Black women active in community/political life) but glorious in its celebration of language and non-linear form.
KL
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Slice of life stories about really well-realized characters. Really good. Often sad. As timely today as it was when it first came out.
Nell
Sep 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Each story in this collection is fabulous in a different way. They are all moving and perceptive, with a wide range of characters and settings. She’s great at getting to the interior lives of people very quickly, and she’s just as adept at showing how politics & policy affect everyone in their daily lives. Plus dialogue that’s fun to read. She’s great. I’m looking forward to reading her novels.
Erssie
Oct 21, 2009 rated it it was ok
A must for enjoyable and educational reading
I read this when I did a newspaper article on the Women's Press fiction.
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Toni Cade Bambara, born Miltona Mirkin Cade (March 25, 1939 – December 9, 1995) was an African-American author, documentary film-maker, social activist and college professor.

Toni Cade Bambara was born in New York City to parents Walter and Helen (Henderson) Cade. She grew up in Harlem, Bedford Stuyvesant (Brooklyn), Queens and New Jersey. In 1970 she changed her name to include the name of a West
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