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Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self (edition 2010)

by Danielle Evans

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Title:Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self
Authors:Danielle Evans
Info:Riverhead Hardcover (2010), Hardcover, 240 pages
Collections:Removed from Library, Read but unowned, North American Literature
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Tags:read in 2011, fiction, swapped, american authors, woman authors, short stories

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Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self by Danielle Evans

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These are great short stories, especially the ones told by adolesecent girls. They have a real ring of truth to them - they don't feel manipulated or overworked, but fresh and immediate. I'll read whatever she writes next.

But I do hate the title. I get what she's saying and I looked up the poem to read in it's entirety, but still. ( )
  laurenbufferd | Nov 14, 2016 |
A wonderful collection of shorts, mostly featuring young black women as protagonists. Evans is content to leave things unresolved in these stories, and the characters are what hold the collection together. There were a couple of stories that felt like slight missteps to me, but the collection in general is fantastic. ( )
  mjlivi | Feb 2, 2016 |
If you're at all a fan of Zadie Smith, you'll probably like Evans, although obviously she's not English, etc... but she writes with a similar sharply-comedic sensibility. ( )
  Cedric_Rose | Aug 20, 2013 |
I can't wait until Evans has a novel out. Every story in this book breathes like a longer piece; every character is already blooming when the story opens. Amazing book - truly different from any other collection of short stories I've ever read.

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  usefuljack | May 17, 2013 |
I can't wait until Evans has a novel out. Every story in this book breathes like a longer piece; every character is already blooming when the story opens. Amazing book - truly different from any other collection of short stories I've ever read.

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  usefuljack | May 17, 2013 |
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I am sick of mediating with your worst self
On behalf of your better selves
I am sick
Of having to remind you
To breathe
Before you suffocate
Your own fool self.
--DONNA KATE RUSHIN, "The Bridge Poem"
I do not believe
our wants have made all of our lies
holy.
--AUDRE LORDE
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Me and Jasmine and Michael were hanging out at Mr. Thompson's pool.
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Fearless, funny, and ultimately tender, Evans's stories offer a bold new perspective on the experience of being young and African-American or mixed-race in modern-day America.

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