Demetria's Reviews > Other People's Skin: Healing the Skin/ Hair Thang between Black Women: Four Novellas

Other People's Skin by TaRessa Stovall
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Mar 19, 2008

did not like it
bookshelves: fiction
Read in February, 2008

This is a collection of four stories about black women who are battling those color struck demons. The premise is great. The delivery is awful. The stories are not very well-written and not very engaging except for the title short story by Tracy Price-Thompson, which only has moments of narrative grace. Besides yawn-worthy stories, the other thing that brings this book down is a hat. For some reason, the editor felt that the color struck theme was not powerful enough to tie the stories together and decided to make all the stories feature this ridiculous magical fedora. Reading how the authors tried to squeeze that hat into their stories was painful. The idea for this book is great and even though it's a well-worn topic, I think it's something that could be further excavated with good, insightful writing.
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