Friday Black

Friday Black

Large Print - 2019
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These stories tackle urgent instances of racism and cultural unrest, and explore the many ways we fight for humanity in an unforgiving world.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2019
Edition: Large print ed
Branch Call Number: LP FICTION ADJ
Characteristics: 297 p. (large print) ; 23 cm

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Hillsboro_JeanineM Apr 15, 2019

Wow, this has some interesting and powerful near-future dystopian shorts dealing with racism and capitalism - violent imagery and content. The first story "The Finklestein 5" brought to mind "The Seven Days" from Toni Morrison's "Song of Solomon". This is Adjei-Brenyah's first book and I'm looking forward to his next.

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dupree905
Feb 20, 2019

Best short story novel

Hillsboro_BrianS Jan 24, 2019

Wow, the stories here are fantastic and devastating reads. Adjei-Brenyah takes a black mirror to the everyday horror and absurdity that is racism in America in the year 2019. As others here have noted, the first story in the collection, "The Finklestein 5" is astounding. For me, it reads like the great Chester Himes meets Kafka. Just, wow.

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eladbenezra11
Jan 13, 2019

Fantastic story collection that blends the Sci-Fi/dystopian genre with racism and consumerism in America. Difficult but important stories; very much a book for our current times.

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laphampeak
Jan 01, 2019

If you are not a story collection reader at least read this one! The author's imagination translates real feeling and events in an alternative reality. Metaphors for real life struggles in "Zimmer Land" were mesmerizing. The Blackness scale in "The Finkelstein" telling left me with my mouth agape. I can't recommend enough.

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lukasevansherman
Dec 13, 2018

A remarkable debut collection of short stories and one of my favorite books of the year. Many of the stories engage with race and use the trappings of sci-fi/speculative fiction (In the "Twilight Zone" or "Black Mirror" sense), such as the centerpiece, "Zimmer Land," in which people go to a theme park to "shoot" black people. Other stories, like the title one, push the absurdity of Black Friday to its limits. A fiercely imaginative and engaged book. Great cover too.

multcolib_karene Nov 27, 2018

The first story in this collection, The Finkelstein 5, is so damn powerful-it's the kind of story that will stay with me forever.

DPL_Graham Nov 12, 2018

This short story collection by Nana Wame Adjei-Brenyah is an amazing debut collection. If Netflix’s “Black Mirror” was evolved into a collection of short stories this would be the book that would result. While this is a useful comparison when trying to explain the collection there is more going on here than human being controlled by social media likes.

Adjei-Brenyah call upon our social fabric and then twists the fabric until we can see all sides of the fabric and the colors of the rainbow in his stories. In his lead story, “The Finkelstein,” an alternate America judges the actions of man who chopped the heads-off 5 black children in front a library with a chainsaw self-defense.

In “Black Friday” a diseased populace fights each other in the malls of the United States for the perfectly discounted coat. By lunch break the halls of the mall are filled with shoppers with blood covering their faces and bodies stuffed into trash cans.

In “The Era” I felt Philip K. Dick invoked in a twisted-future where speaking the "truth" regardless of feelings is taught in school. Each story is dark, twisted, yet very real and connected to our present day lives. I can’t wait to follow Adjei-Brenyah writing career. This debate is an victory of short-fiction.

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