A Lucky Man: Stories

Category: Book
By (author): Brinkley, Jamel
Subject:  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Literary
  FICTION / Short Stories (single author)
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Graywolf
Published: May 2018
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 264
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in
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Additional Notes

From The Publisher*

"This is the rare debut that introduces not a promising talent but a major writer, fully formed." -Garth Greenwell

In the nine expansive, searching stories ofA Lucky Man, fathers and sons attempt to salvage relationships with friends and family members and confront mistakes made in the past. An imaginative young boy from the Bronx goes swimming with his group from day camp at a backyard pool in the suburbs, and faces the effects of power and privilege in ways he can barely grasp. A teen intent on proving himself a man through the all-night revel of J'Ouvert can't help but look out for his impressionable younger brother. A pair of college boys on the prowl follow two girls home from a party and have to own the uncomfortable truth of their desires. And at a capoeira conference, two brothers grapple with how to tell the story of their family, caught in the dance of their painful, fractured history.

Jamel Brinkley's stories, in a debut that announces the arrival of a significant new voice, reflect the tenderness and vulnerability of black men and boys whose hopes sometimes betray them, especially in a world shaped by race, gender, and class-where luck may be the greatest fiction of all.

Review Quote*"There's true magic in Jamel Brinkley's stories . . . By using all his formidable talents, he's shown us a vision of ourselves." -Victor LaValle "I loved this book. From sentence to sentence, these stories are beautifully written, and they are wonderfully moving and smart . . . Jamel Brinkley writes like an angel." -Charles Baxter "In vibrant yet restrained prose, Brinkley illuminates the longing for home, which lurks in all of us. A magnificent debut."-Laila Lalami "These stories do not shy away from heartbreak and brutal consequences. . . . An unforgettable collection by an important new voice."-Danielle Evans
Biographical NoteJamel Brinkley's stories have appeared inA Public Space, Gulf Coast,and elsewhere. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and has been a Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellow. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin.