Best African American Fiction
Edited by E. Lynn Harris and Gerald Early
Introduction/By Gerald Early, Series Editor
Introduction/By E. Lynn Harris, Guest Editor
Pita Delicious/By ZZ Packer
Albino Crow/By Chris Abani
Orb Weaver/By Emily Raboteau
The Saving Work/By Tiphanie Yanique
Dance for Me/By Amina Gautier
Cell One/By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
In the Blink of God’s Eye/By Edward P. Jones
This Kind of Red/By Helen Elaine Lee
Dark Reflections/By Samuel R. Delany
The Great Negro Plot/By Mat Johnson
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao/By Junot Díaz
Man Gone Down/By Michael Thomas
Young Adult Fiction
Excerpt from Feathers/By Jacqueline Woodson
Excerpt from Harlem Summer/By Walter Dean Myers
Excerpt from Elijah of Buxton/By Christopher Paul Curtis
Excerpt from Up for It: A Tale of the Underground/By L.F. Haines
Introducing the first volume in an exciting new annual anthology featuring the year’s most outstanding fiction by some of today’s finest African American writers.
From stories that depict black life in times gone by to those that address contemporary issues, this inaugural volume gathers the very best recent African American fiction. Created during a period of electrifying political dialogue and cultural, social, and economic change that is sure to captivate the imaginations of writers and readers for years to come, these short stories and novel excerpts explore a rich variety of subjects. But most of all, they represent exceptional artistry.
Here you’ll find work by both established names and up-and-comers, ranging from Walter Dean Myers to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Mat Johnson, and Junot Díaz. They write about subjects as diverse as the complexities of black middle-class life and the challenges of interracial relationships, a modern-day lynching in the South and a young musician’s coming-of-age during the Harlem Renaissance. What unites these stories, whether set in suburbia, in eighteenth-century New York City, or on a Caribbean island that is supposed to be “brown skin paradise,” is their creators’ passionate engagement with matters of the human heart.
Masterful and engaging, this first volume of Best African American Fiction features stories you’ll want to savor, share, and return to again and again.
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