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Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation
Contributor(s): Freeman, John (Editor)

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ISBN: 0143131036     ISBN-13: 9780143131038
Publisher: Penguin Books
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: September 2017

Annotation: Collects thirty-six stories, from such writers as Rebecca Solnit, Hector Tobar, Joyce Carol Oates, and Edwidge Danticat, that examine life in a deeply divided America.
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BISAC Categories:
- Literary Collections | Essays
- Social Science | Poverty & Homelessness
Dewey: 810.803
LCCN: 2017011506
Physical Information: 0.7" H x 5.5" W x 8.2" (0.60 lbs) 352 pages
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Contributor Bio(s): John Freeman is the editor of Freeman's, a literary biannual of new writing, and executive editor of Lit Hub. His books include How to Read a Novelist and The Tyranny of E-mail, as well as Tales of Two Cities, an anthology of new writing about inequality in New York City today. His latest book is Maps, a collection of poems. His work is translated into more than twenty languages, and has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and The New York Times. The former editor of Granta, he teaches writing at The New School and New York University.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2017 May #5)

Freeman (Tales of Two Cities) brings together 36 authors to examine inequality in America through stories of personal experiences. Notable contributors include fiction powerhouses Ann Patchett, Edwidge Danticat, and Anthony Doerr, as well as nonfiction authors such as Eula Biss and Rebecca Solnit. The authors are a range of races and ages, the stories span America from coastal cities to smaller towns in the Midwest and South, and profile subjects include homeless people, veterans, immigrants, and the working poor. Freeman includes short stories, reportage, memoirs, essays, poems, and an excerpt from a forthcoming graphic novel. Each entry focuses on the oppressed and the downtrodden—readers will find only one side of the "two Americas" here. As a whole, the book is engagingly earnest and succeeds at highlighting the personal side of much-reported news stories on subjects such as disappearing jobs, police brutality, gentrification, and immigration policy. The book appears timed to respond with empathy to the anxieties revealed by the 2016 presidential election. The prose throughout is top quality, and readers drawn by the famous writers involved will also enjoy discovering authors previously unknown to them. (Sept.)

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