Robert B's Reviews > Insurrections
Robert B's review
Nov 04, 2017
PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction finalist 2017. This collection of 13 short stories about the lives of black individuals in the fictional town of Cross River, Maryland, is uneven. Some of the stories are excellent while others waver between trying to do too much and trying to do too little. The best of the stories include “Everyone Lives in a Flood Zone,” in which a man goes looking for his drug-dealing brother during a flood and gets himself and his brother in trouble; “202 Checkmates,” in which a father teaches his daughter to play chess in order to learn about life and she learns a good bit while his life takes a turn for the worse; and "Three Insurrections,” in which an immigrant from Trinidad tells his son why he moved to Cross River, mixing his own history with that of the town.
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November 3, 2017 – Finished Reading
November 4, 2017 – Shelved