No Kindle device required. Download one of the Free Kindle apps to start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, and computer. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. When you're black and female in America, society's rules were never meant to make you safe or free. In this flawlessly executed work [that] reinvigorates the short fiction genre," Camille Acker's relatable yet unexpected characters break down the walls of respectability politics, showing that the only way for black women to be free is to be themselves BUST. In her debut short story collection, Camille Acker unleashes the irony and tragic comedy of respectability onto a wide-ranging cast of characters, all of whom call Washington, DC, home.
Review of Training School for Negro Girls () — Foreword Reviews
The experiences and disquieting realizations of black women come through Training School for Negro Girls , in which Washington, DC, and its surroundings are treated with tension and tenderness. Spanning girlhood to adulthood, these stories consider aspects of belonging. Danger circles in subtle, original ways. As women untangle webs of desire, ingrained beliefs, history, and changing boundaries, their senses of self take center stage. Code-switching leads to emotional betrayal, leaving the narrator adrift. Frustration takes varied forms—in a college applicant who is desperate to escape her peers; in a TSA agent whose mistake inspires others to worsen the moment with a lie. Instead, calibrated defeats build toward endings that linger.
Urban Lower-Class Negro Girls
Camille Acker The stories in this debut collection shatter monolithic assumptions of black womanhood. Available as an ebook on: Kindle Nook Kobo. In her debut short story collection, Camille Acker unleashes the irony and tragic comedy of respectability onto a wide-ranging cast of characters, all of whom call Washington, DC, home. A "woke" millennial tries to fight gentrification, only to learn she's part of the problem; a grade school teacher dreams of a better DC, only to take out her frustrations on her students; and a young piano player wins a competition, only to learn the prize is worthless. Ultimately, they are confronted with the fact that respectability does not equal freedom.
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