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Among the Wild Mulattos and Other Tales

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  46 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Named a 2015 Best Read by National Public Radio!

Set in the suburbs and cities of the Midwest, Mid-South, and Texas, these stories explore the lives of characters biracial, black, white, and all sorts of in-between. The intersections and collisions of contemporary life are in full effect here, where the distinctions between fast food and fine art, noble and naked ambitions,
Paperback, 192 pages
Published July 23rd 2015 by Texas Review Press (first published July 15th 2015)
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Sep 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Curious and oddly entertaining. Williams has mastered the art of making the reader uncomfortably aware without resorting to the common artifices of forcibly alienating the reader or constructing a false universal the reader may over-identify with as a means of provoking critical thinking and dialogue about deeply ingrained cultural ways of being. I struggled with that last description. As awkward and clinical as "ways of being" may sound, I can think of no other way to describe it. It’s truly th ...more
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved these stories, just picked up the book and chewed right through. Entertaining, perfectly crafted, and keen on the insight. This is my favorite Williams book to date.
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am not a fan of the short story genre. When I read a book, I want each turn of the page to be connected. Oftentimes, I don't get that with short stories. As a result, I usually keep away from these types of books.

Turns out I was wrong.

I'm glad I took a chance on this one. Really glad. There wasn't a story I didn't like, and each story had a tinge of mystery attached. Interestingly, the lead story of the collection - the one many critics and readers purport to be the worst story included - was
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
The short story Among the Wild Mulattos is exceptional.
Aug 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
I wrote about this book for the Colorado Review. You can find that here.

Short version: "The tales Tom Williams has crafted in Among the Wild Mulattos offer complexity without forgetting to entertain, and beauty without sentiment. Like the writer [in the opening story] sitting in a booth taking inspiration from fried chicken, this book has something unexpected, yet graceful and vital, to show the world."
Sep 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
A funny and very enjoyable collection of stories that address some of the same thematic concerns of William's novel _Don't Start Me Talking_: Race, identity, authenticity, culture, and etc. Because he's freed of the weight of having to sustain the conceit for the length of a book, there's more whimsy to some of the set-ups, like the crazy costumers of "Move Star Entrances" or the reality TV skewering of "The Most Famous Man of These United States." Some of them wander so close to the real world, ...more
James Hill
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I’ve read so few short story collections in recent years, in part because they often feel like those albums from the 80s with two good songs and a lot of filler. Among the Wild Mulattos, I’m glad to say, made me fall in love with short story collections all over again. Or this one, anyway. These stories are, above anything else I might say about them, fun. They are also insightful examinations of race, fame, and relationships, but the author spins one hell of a yarn and makes you forget how nutr ...more
Sep 05, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a 3.5...there were some stories that were absolutely amazing, and some that fell flat for me. Would definitely still recommend though, I think what Tom Williams is doing is great and I really enjoyed how the theme of race ebbed and flowed effortlessly throughout the stories.
Dec 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great stories. The title story was especially evocative and thought-provoking. Not a dull moment in the whole book.
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this book - the stories are original, humor fantastic, and exploration of identity thoughtful and wise.
Jan 01, 2018 rated it liked it
I guess I didn't get it.
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