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The Awkward Black Man

Category: Book
Created By: Mosley, Walter
Subject:  FICTION / African American / General
  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Literary
  FICTION / Short Stories (single author)
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic
Published: September 2020
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 336
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in
Our Price:
$ 38.95
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Additional Notes

From The Publisher*

Bestselling author Walter Mosley has proven himself a master of narrative tension, both with his extraordinary fiction and gripping writing for television.The Awkward Black Man collects seventeen of Mosley's most accomplished short stories to showcase the full range of his remarkable talent.

Mosley presents distinct characters as they struggle to move through the world in each of these stories-heroes who are awkward, nerdy, self-defeating, self-involved, and, on the whole, odd. He overturns the stereotypes that corral black male characters and paints a subtle, powerful portrait of each of these unique individuals. In "The Good News Is," a man's insecurity about his weight gives way to a serious illness and the intense loneliness that accompanies it. Deeply vulnerable, he allows himself to be taken advantage of in return for a little human comfort in a raw display of true need. "Pet Fly," previously published in theNew Yorker, follows a man working as a mailroom clerk for a big company-a solitary job for which he is overqualified-and the unforeseen repercussions he endures when he attempts to forge a connection beyond the one he has with the fly buzzing around his apartment. And "Almost Alyce" chronicles failed loves, family loss, alcoholism, and a Zen approach to the art of begging that proves surprisingly effective.

Touching and contemplative, each of these unexpected stories offers the best of one of our most gifted writers.

Review Quote*Praise forThe Awkward Black Man:

"Master storyteller Mosley has created a beautiful collection about Black men who are, indeed, awkward in their poignant humanity…Mosley's is an essential American voice and his portraits of Black men will have profound resonance."-Booklist, starred review


Praise for Walter Mosley:

"When reviewing a book by Walter Mosley, it's hard not to simply quote all the great lines. There are so many of them. You want to share the pleasures of Mosley's jazz-inflected dialogue and the moody, descriptive passages reminiscent of Raymond Chandler at his best."―Washington Post, onDown the River Unto the Sea

"A daring, beautifully wrought story that incorporates elements of allegory, meditative reflection and the lilt of lyric tragedy. "―Los Angeles Times, onThe Last Days of Ptolemy Grey

"With Mosley, there's always the surprise factor―a cutting image or a bracing line of dialogue."―New York Times Book Review, onAnd Sometimes I Wonder About You

"Mosley's invigorating, staccato prose and understanding of racial, moral and social subtleties are in full force."―Seattle Times, onKnown to Evil

"Mosley is the Gogol of the African-American working class―the chronicler par excellence of the tragic and the absurd."―Vibe

"[Mosley] has a special talent for touching upon these sticky questions of evil and responsibility without getting stuck in them."―New Yorker

Biographical NoteWalter Mosley is the author of more than fifty critically acclaimed books, including the major bestselling mystery series featuring Easy Rawlins. His work has been translated into twenty-five languages and includes literary fiction, science fiction, political monographs, and a young adult novel. In 2013, he was inducted into the New York State Writers Hall of Fame, and he is the winner of numerous awards, including an O. Henry Award, the Mystery Writers of America's Grand Master Award, a Grammy, PEN America's Lifetime Achievement Award, and an Edgar Award. He lives in New York City.