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Racism, but 'managed' through virtual reality. Black Friday, except you die in a bargain-crazed throng. Happiness, but pharmacological. Love, despite everything.
Friday Black tackles urgent instances of racism and cultural unrest and explores the many ways we fight for humanity in an unforgiving world. In the first unforgettable story of this collection, 'The Finkelstein Five', Adjei-Brenyah gives us an unstinting reckoning of the brutal prejudice of the US justice system. In 'Zimmer Land' we see a far-too-easy-to-believe imagining of racism as sport. And 'Friday Black' and 'How to Sell a Jacket as Told by Ice King' show the horrors of consumerism and the toll it takes on us all.
Fresh, exciting, vital and contemporary, Friday Black will appeal to people who love Colson Whitehead's Underground Railroad, the TV show Black Mirror, the work of Kurt Vonnegut and George Saunders, and anyone looking for stories that speak to the world we live in now.
"An excitement and a wonder." (George Saunders)
"The fiction debut of the year. Bravo young man. We await your encore." (Mary Karr)
"The writing in this outstanding collection will make you hurt and demand your hope." (Roxane Gay)
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what did I just listen to??
Clearly too cerebral for me. Narrator did a fine job but the stories were draining and felt like they had no closure or clear point.
This book had me gripped. There are great stories and easy to listen to. I would highly recommended you give it a try.
- Michael Kosmides
Powerful social sci-fi
Powerful stories, very well read., with clear references to the current state of racism, particularly in the US. It led me to look for more african/black scifi. Highly recommended.