The Seventeen Stories In This Debut Collection By Juyanne James Interpret The Louisiana Experience They Stage Encounters Mostly With Strong Women But Also Interesting Men And Families All Trying To Survive In Their Own Way While This Collection Is As An Evolution Of The Idea Of Double Consciousness And How African Americans See Themselves In The World, The Characters Are Remarkable In Their Own Right, Without Having To Be Labeled They Are Not So Much Concerned With Color As They Are With Survival.The Collection Opens With You Don T Know Me, Child A Young Bus Rider Grows Fascinated With A Female Passenger Who Carries Pictures In Her Hair, And The Rider Imagines The Woman S Past The Fractured Bayou Buoys Is About A Mother Whose Two Boys Are Missing On The Bayou Doll Is About Early Twentieth Century Life When Black Teachers Were Brought Into Small Towns In The South To Teach And What Happens When A Field Hand Falls In Love With A Teacher.James Has Written A Thoroughly Eclectic, Lyrical Collection Of Stories That Speaks To The African American Tradition, Depicting Life In New Orleans And Rural Louisiana.Juyanne James Grew Up On A Farm In Southeast Louisiana She Left At Seventeen To Join The US Navy After Holding A Number Of Odd Jobs Such As Over The Road Truck Driver , She Returned To Louisiana To Write And Teach Her Fiction Has Been Nominated For A Pushcart Prize. Favorite quote Isn t it the way of life to catch us sleeping when we should be awake This book is actually a really good one if you enjoy short stories, a bit of history, and lots of different emotions I read it as a way to step out of my comfort zone, and experience the world a little bit I appreciate it in a different way from how I normally appreciate novels. Very original stories that read almost as if they re oral storytelling My favorite is Getting Stuck at the VA Great diversity of character and tone in this collection.
- 208 pages
- The Persimmon Trail and Other Stories
- Juyanne James
- 25 December 2019 Juyanne James