Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self by Danielle Evans

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I'm sick of mediating with your worst self
On behalf of your better selves

I am sick
Of having to remind you to breathe
Before you suffocate
Your own fool self.

-from Bridge Poem by Kate Ruskin, epigraph of Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self

In the span of eight breathtaking narratives Danielle Evans' debut collection of stories has the power to convert even the most ardent of short story detractors. Fresh, poignant and funny, the stories in Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self are about race, relationships and navigating the time between childhood and adulthood. Evans' characters, mostly African American and mixed young women and men, live in a world of difficult choices with resounding consequences. A standout story like "Snakes," about a biracial girl's ill-fated summer with an un-accepting grandmother, shows Evans' strengths best - a strong narrative voice, relatable characters and situations that can't help but elicit emotional responses. Evans is a wonderful new voice in fiction, here's hoping she continues to share her vision with readers.

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Submitted by Kristina@ MPL Central

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