Don't Erase Me by Carolyn Ferrell
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This remarkable debut collection, including a story chosen by Tobias Wolff for The Best American Short Stories 1994, introduces a wholly original young voice to fiction by and about African Americans. Focusing her generous attentions on disenfranchised black teenagers, Ferrell gives pitch-perfect voice to characters not often found in short fiction, and she brings them to life with penetrating sympathy. Many of these vibrant stories are set in the South Bronx. In "Proper Library," a black high school boy finds that being gay, ironically, protects him from the macho culture surrounding him. In "Miracle Answer," the black daughter of a white mother views her double-edged life with both sass and sorrow. In the brilliant title story, a young woman traces backward through her life to the moment she learned she had AIDS. The world of these almost-adults is a treacherous one, yet they manage to find there uncommon strength, humor, and sometimes - amazingly - joy. Like Toni Morrison and Alice
 

About Carolyn Ferrell

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Ferrell teaches at Sarah Lawrence College.
 
Published June 11, 1997 by Houghton Mifflin. 163 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The eight stories in this debut collection, mostly focusing on girls in the 'hood, mingle a welcome touch of poetry with rough urban realism.

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