In the Not Quite Dark

Stories
Product Number: EB00671965
Released: Aug 01, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781619028500
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
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Description

"This prizewinning author's gorgeous, empathetic collection is composed of stories (mostly) in and about L.A. that juxtapose the haves and the have-nots." —Marie Claire Following her award-winning collection Break Any Woman Down, Dana Johnson returns with a collection of bold stories set mostly in downtown Los Angeles that examine large issues—love, class, race—and how they influence and define our most intimate moments. In "The Liberace Museum," a mixed-race couple leave the South toward the destination of Vegas, crossing miles of road and history to the promised land of consumption; in "Rogues," a young man on break from college lands in his brothers Inland Empire neighborhood during a rash of unexplained robberies; in "She Deserves Everything She Gets," a woman listens to the strict advice given to her spoiled niece about going away to college, reflecting on her own experience and the night she lost her best friend; and in the collection's title story, a man setting down roots in downtown L.A. is haunted by the specter of both gentrification and a young female tourist, whose body was found in the water tower of a neighboring building. With deep insight into character, intimate relationships, and the modern search for personal freedom, In the Not Quite Dark is powerful work that feels both urgent and timeless. "An unforgettable collection. [Johnson] is both a storyteller and an exacting observer of the beautiful ugly truths of Los Angeles, class, race, being alive." —Roxane Gay, New York Times bestselling author "Unquestionably excellent stories . . . In the Not Quite Dark has a variety of voices and stylistic tones yet holds together tightly as a collection." —Los Angeles Times

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Author(s): Dana Johnson
Original Publish Date: Aug 01, 2016

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