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Publisher Description

A new collection of short fiction from the Edgar Award-winning author of Devil in a Blue Dress and Trouble is What I Do.

With his extraordinary fiction and gripping television writing, Walter Mosley has proven himself a master of narrative tension. The Awkward Black Man collects seventeen of Mosley’s most accomplished short stories to showcase the full range of his remarkable talent. Touching, contemplative, and always surprising, these stories introduce an array of imperfect characters—awkward, self-defeating, elf-involved, or just plain odd.
In The Awkward Black Man, Mosley overturns the stereotypes that corral black male characters and paints subtle, powerful portraits of unique individuals. In "The Good News Is," a man’s insecurity about his weight gives way to illness and a loneliness so intense that he’d do anything for a little human comfort. "Pet Fly," previously published in the New Yorker, follows a man working as a mailroom clerk—a solitary job for which he is overqualified—and the unforeseen repercussions he endures when he attempts to forge a new connection. And "Almost Alyce" chronicles failed loves, family loss, alcoholism, and a Zen approach to the art of begging that proves surprisingly effective.

Fiction & Literature
September 15
Grove Atlantic
OpenRoad Integrated Media, LLC

Customer Reviews

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Mosley is the best ever

I have always liked Mr. Mosley. Now I love and revere him. I don’t even like short stories, but this book is now my favorite. Not my favorite Mosley book, my favorite book of all time.

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It was ok

I’m glad I read it. Some stories were better than others, but it needed a great story. I do appreciate that they were all about awkward black men, that’s a pretty good description of me when I was younger!

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