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  • Closure:Contemporary Black British short stories

  • By Ross (editor)
  • ISBN 9781845233297
  • "Stunning new writing" Maggie Gee, The Guardian Humans have always valued the short story as a way to make sense of the world, and their place in it. This anthology by leading Black and Asian British writers is filled with a rich variety of stories, which, like life, rarely end in the way we might expect... Listed in BuzzFeed's ‘22 Brilliant New Books You Should Read’ As the narrative mode across cultures and time, the short story form wings from oral “folktales” to myths of origin, from parables of caution to contemporary narratives of disclosure, disquiet and discovery. Humans have always valued the short story as a way to make sense of the world, and their place in it. Closure is essentially about human striving. Closure has a variety of forms, styles and a rich diversity of theme. As a title “Closure” invited a subversive response from contributors, and this anthology is filled with stories which, like life, rarely end in the way we might expect... “Opening a short story anthology, there is often something to delight, something to surprise. There is also often something clever, self-indulgent, that speaks of a writer's skill but limited experience of life. Jacob Ross's careful selection of stories from black British writers restores a sense of connection with the detail of human fragility in our fragmented contemporary culture; with narrative, with the spirit. With the subtle, sometimes unconscious, responses of these writers to what Britishness means. This book is both an important contribution to the future development of the form and a celebration of some of our finest writing. Surprising, delightful and full of life.” Cathy Galvin Cathy Galvin is the Director www.thewordfactory.tv, the associate editor at Newsweek, a former journalist and editor at The Sunday Times, with work published in The Financial Times, the Daily Mail, The Daily Telegraph and The Irish Examiner. Featuring short stories by: Monica Ali Dinesh Angelo Allirajah Muli Amaye Lynne E. Blackwood Judith Bryan Nana-Essi Casely-Hayford Jacqueline Clarke Jacqueline Crooks Fred D’Aguiar Sylvia Dickinson Bernardine Evaristo Gaylene Gould Michelle Inniss Valda Jackson Pete Kalu Patrice Lawrence Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi Tariq Mehmood Raman Mundair Sai Murray Chantal Oakes Karen Onojaife Koye Oyedeji Louisa Adjoa Parker Desiree Reynolds Hana Riaz Akila Richards Leone Ross Seni Seneviratne Ayesha Siddiqi Mahsuda Snaith