Children of the Night

Children of the Night

The Best Short Stories by Black Writers, 1967 to the Present

Book - 1995
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Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown and Co., 1995
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316599269
Branch Call Number: FIC Chil
Characteristics: 569 p
Additional Contributors: Naylor, Gloria


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nftaussig Apr 29, 2012

This anthology was intended as a companion to the anthology The Best Short Stories by Black Writers: 1899 - 1967 (The Classic Anthology) edited by Langston Hughes. While it contains a number of interesting stories, the earlier volume was better. The problem is that some of the stories Gloria Naylor includes fail to grip the reader's imagination (among which are some of the longer stories). That said, there are many worthwhile stories here. They include:

James Baldwin's superb 1968 story "Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone" about the narrator's relationships with his older brother and his father and how they are affected by an encounter with the police; Diane Oliver's harrowing 1967 tale "Neighbors" about a family whose son is slated to be the first black student to integrate a school; Charles Johnson's amusing 1986 story "China" about a wife who is befuddled when a martial arts double feature inspires her hypochondriac husband to begin a fitness regimen; James Alan McPherson's 1972 story "A Loaf of Bread" about the confrontation between a white grocer and a poor, black community that is incensed to learn that he charges more for the food he sells in their neighborhood than the food he sells in a more affluent white neighborhood; Naylor's humorous 1982 story "Kiswana Browne" about an argument between a woman and her mother; Edward P. Jones' 1992 tale "Lost in the City" about a woman's distracted response to the news of her mother's death; and Edwidge's Danticat's 1995 story "New York Day Woman" about the cultural gulf between a professional woman and her Haitian immigrant mother.


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nftaussig Apr 29, 2012

This volume consists of 37 stories written by black North American writers that were published between 1967 and 1995, an introduction by Gloria Naylor, and brief capsule biographies of the authors. The stories are arranged thematically. Each author is represented by one story. Among the authors are Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, Rita Dove, Ralph Ellison, Charles Johnson, James Alan McPherson, Naylor, Ann Petry, Ntozake Shange, Alice Walker, and John Edgar Wideman.


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