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- DescriptionIn Amina Gautier's Brooklyn, some kids make it and some kids don't, but t in simple ways or for stereotypical reasons. Gautier's stories explore the lives of young African Americans who might all be classified as at-risk, yet who encounter different opportunities and dangers in their particular neighborhoods and schools and who see life through the lens of different family experiences.Gautier's focus is on quiet daily moments, even in extraordinary lives; her characters do t stand as emblems of a subculture but live and breathe as people. In The Ease of Living, the young teen Jason is sent down south to spend the summer with his grandfather after witnessing the double murder of his two best friends, and he is t happy about it. A season of sneaking into as many movies as possible on one ticket or dunking girls at the pool promises to turn into a summer of shower chairs and the smell of Ben-Gay in the unimaginably backwoods town of Tallahassee. In Pan Is Dead, two half-siblings watch as the heroin-addicted father of the older one works his way back into their mother's life; in Dance for Me, a girl on scholarship at a posh Manhattan school teaches white girls to dance in the bathroom in order to be invited to a party.As teenagers in complicated circumstances, each of Gautier's characters is pushed in many directions. To succeed may entail unforgiveable compro-mises, and to follow their desires may lead to catastrophe. Yet within these stories they exist and can be seen as they are, in the moment of choosing.
- Author BiographyAmina Gautier is an assistant professor of English at DePaul University. Her work has appeared in the anthologies Best African American Fiction and New Stories from the South and in numerous literary journals including Antioch Review, North American Review, Iowa Review, Kenyon Review, and Southern Review.
- Author(s)Amina Gautier
- PublisherUniversity of Georgia Press
- Date of Publication15/09/2011
- SubjectShort Stories & Fiction Anthologies
- Place of PublicationGeorgia
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Georgia Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight353 g
- Width140 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine19 mm
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