Before You Suffocate your Own Fool Self

Before You Suffocate your Own Fool Self

eBook - 2010
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Introducing a new star of her generation, an electric debut story collection about mixed-race and African-American teenagers, women, and men struggling to find a place in their families and communities.

When Danielle Evans's short story "Virgins" was published in The Paris Review in late 2007, it announced the arrival of a major new American short story writer. Written when she was only twenty-three, Evans's story of two black, blue-collar fifteen-year-old girls' flirtation with adulthood for one night was startling in its pitch-perfect examination of race, class, and the shifting terrain of adolescence.

Now this debut short story collection delivers on the promise of that early story. In "Harvest," a college student's unplanned pregnancy forces her to confront her own feelings of inadequacy in comparison to her white classmates. In "Jellyfish," a father's misguided attempt to rescue a gift for his grown daughter from an apartment collapse magnifies all he doesn't know about her. And in "Snakes," the mixed-race daughter of intellectuals recounts the disastrous summer she spent with her white grandmother and cousin, a summer that has unforeseen repercussions in the present.

Striking in their emotional immediacy, the stories in Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self are based in a world where inequality is reality but where the insecurities of adolescence and young adulthood, and the tensions within family and the community, are sometimes the biggest complicating forces in one's sense of identity and the choices one makes.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2010
ISBN: 9781101443477
9781101439470
Characteristics: 1 online resource ; 232 pages.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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LPL_KateG Sep 01, 2015

One of my favorite short story collections!

vcortes5 Dec 22, 2012

Incredible. A must read. Amazing. I love it.

ggbookreader Sep 18, 2012

Review title:Choices & Chances.
Every choice we make will have some positive and some negative outcomes/consequences and we will need to live with each outcome; and it may be for our entire life. There are chances we take, like a gamble, that may alter our future in a positive or a negative way, and that is what this group of stories is all about. Each protagonist makes a choice or takes a chance, then sees the outcome. "Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self" is all about everyday reality, and the stories hi-lite the "true" decisions people make and a possible outcome, once the choice or chance has been selected. CAUTION: The language used in this novel of stories may not be appropriate for all readers.

PurpleRose_P_F_A Aug 14, 2012

This is a coming of age book, of orkward first relationships, and trying to find your way around life, and dumb boys who leave you wondering why they choose the used girls over the nice girls.

Plum1976 Jun 08, 2012

Well written, entertaining, thoughtful collection of short stories. Funny, sad, heroic all in one!

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Mar 04, 2011

Danielle Evans has the two essential qualities of a great short story writer: a very unique voice and narratives that compel you to keep turning the pages. These stories stayed with me long after I finished the book.

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