Best African American fiction 2009 / Gerald Early, series editor ; E. Lynn Harris, guest editor.

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      Bantam hardcover and trade pbk. eds.
    • Content Notes:
      Pita delicious / ZZ Packer -- Albino crow / Chris Abani -- Orb weaver / Emily Raboteau -- The saving work / Tiphanie Yanique -- Dance for me / Amina Gautier -- Cell one / Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie -- In the blink of God's eye / Edward P. Jones -- This kind of red / Helen Elaine Lee -- Novel excerpts: Dark reflections/ Samuel R. Delany -- The great Negro plot / Mat Johnson -- The brief wondrous life of Oscar Wao / Junot Díaz -- Man gone down / Michael Thomas -- Young adult fiction: Excert from Feathers / Jacqueline Woodson -- Excerpt from Harlem summer / Walter Dean Myers -- Excerpt from Elijah of Buxton / Christopher Paul Curtis -- Excerpt from Up for it: a tale of the underground / L.F. Haines.
    • ISBN:
      9780553385342 (pbk.)
      0553385348 (pkk.)
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      EARLY, G. L.; HARRIS, E. L. Best African American fiction 2009. [s.l.] : Bantam Books, 2009. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 18 out. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Early GL, Harris EL. Best African American Fiction 2009. Bantam Books; 2009. Accessed October 18, 2019.
    • APA:
      Early, G. L., & Harris, E. L. (2009). Best African American fiction 2009. Bantam Books. Retrieved from
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Early, Gerald Lyn, and E. Lynn Harris. 2009. Best African American Fiction 2009. Bantam Books.
    • Harvard:
      Early, G. L. and Harris, E. L. (2009) Best African American fiction 2009. Bantam Books. Available at: (Accessed: 18 October 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Early, GL & Harris, EL 2009, Best African American fiction 2009, Bantam Books, viewed 18 October 2019, .
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      Early, Gerald Lyn, and E.Lynn Harris. Best African American Fiction 2009. Bantam Books, 2009. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Early, Gerald Lyn, and E. Lynn Harris. Best African American Fiction 2009. Bantam Books, 2009.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Early GL, Harris EL. Best African American fiction 2009 [Internet]. Bantam Books; 2009 [cited 2019 Oct 18]. Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2008 November #2

This inaugural collection of fiction brings together authors across the rich and varied African diaspora experience. Organized into short stories, novel excerpts, and young adult fiction, the collection offers a range of styles, textures, and settings. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie s story is set in Nigeria, where American gangster-rap culture is permeating and "guns and tortured loyalties became common." The U.S. and the Caribbean are the settings for Tiphanie Yanique s story of intergenerational and mixed-race tensions between two families. The collection includes an excerpt from Mat Johnson s historical novel set in eighteenth-century New York and an excerpt from Junot Díaz s novel set in a contemporary urban ghetto. Also included are works by young adult authors Jacqueline Woodson and Walter Dean Myers. Not meant to be a definitive "quasi-Norton edition," this engaging collection still shows the incredible range of talent and focus of fiction written by African Americans. Copyright 2008 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2008 November #1

In these first two volumes of a new annual series, Early (English, Washington Univ.) and his guest editors Dickerson (The End of Blackness) and Harris (Just Too Good To Be True) have selected the most outstanding works published in 2007, with a few pieces from 2006. The essay collection offers strong views from a number of luminaries (Walter Mosley, Jamaica Kincaid, and Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama), who speak of friends and family, entertainment and sports, and activism and political thought. The fiction collection includes short stories and novels for both adults and young adults, with an excerpt from a historical novel, a story about domestic violence, a tale set in Nigeria, and more from familiar names like Samuel R. Delany and newcomers like Tiphanie Yanique.

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LJ Reviews 2009 January #1

African American fiction has come a long way from the days of Richard Wright and Ralph Ellison, and its wealth and variety are recognized in this first in an annual series. The volume includes both short stories and excerpts from adult and YA fiction written in 2007. The six short stories show a diversity of themes and locales. Chris Abani's "The White Albatross" combines the jazz milieu with a search for a mother, while Tiphanie Yanique's "The Saving Work" deals with two mothers on a Caribbean island watching a church burn down. Amina Gautier's "Dance for Me," about a minority girl's alienation and eventual acceptance of a sort at a white private school, fits nicely with Emily Rabotea's "Orb Weaver," about a young African American woman's experience at a writers' conference. The four excerpted novels include Junot Daz's popular The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and cult author Samuel Delany's Dark Reflections. The inclusion of YA fiction—there's a selection, for instance, from Walter Dean Myers's Harlem Summer, about a meeting with Fats Waller and Dutch Schultz—brings another dimension to this volume. A good addition for large public and academic libraries.—Josh Cohen, Mid-Hudson Lib. Syst., Poughkeepsie, NY

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PW Reviews 2008 November #2

There hasn't been an anthology of such talented African-American literary figures since Marita Golden's Gumbo, and the result is a masterful bouquet of literary flowers, some grand, some subtle, but none shrinking. Striking among the collection is "Cell One," Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's (Half of a Yellow Sun) cautionary tale of what happens when success and ambition outpace discipline and firm-handedness in child-rearing in Nigeria. The son of a professor and his accommodating wife, Nnamabia is titillated by thug life, and it isn't until he's arrested and observes the blatant disrespect toward a sick elder that he remembers the good sense his parents instilled long ago. In "This Kind of Red," Helen Lee (Water Marked) tells of a battered woman who copes by counting everything from crayons to the minutes she has to kill her abusive husband. Mat Johnson (Drop) offers an excerpt from The Great Negro Plot, his novel infused with the history of slavery and indentured servitude in colonial New York. With something for every reader's taste, this is a collection not to be missed. (Jan.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.