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You Are Free

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You Are Free

Stories

By Danzy Senna

Riverhead Books, Paperback, 9781594485077, 240pp.

Publication Date: May 3, 2011

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Description
From the bestselling author of Caucasia, riveting, unexpected stories about identity under the influence of appearances, attachments, and longing.
Look out for Danzy Senna's latest book, New People, on sale in August

Each of these eight remarkable stories by Danzy Senna tightrope-walks tantalizingly, sometimes frighteningly, between defined states: life with and without mates and children, the familiar if constraining reference points provided by race, class, and gender. Tensions arise between a biracial couple when their son is admitted to the private school where they'd applied on a lark. A new mother hosts an old friend, still single, and discovers how each of them pities-and envies- the other. A young woman responds to an adoptee in search of her birth mother, knowing it is not she.


About the Author
Danzy Senna's first novel, the bestselling Caucasia, won the Stephen Crane Award for Best New Fiction and the American Library Association's Alex Award, was a finalist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and has been translated into nearly a dozen languages. A recipient of the Whiting Writers Award, Senna is also the author of the memoir Where Did You Sleep Last Night?, and the novels Symptomatic andNew People. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, the novelist Percival Everett, and their sons.


NPR
Friday, Jun 24, 2011

Danzy Senna's stories begin with the familiar, but quickly take subtle turns to reveal racial tensions lurking below the surface. As part of Tell Me More's Summer Blend Book Club series, host Michel Martin speaks with author Danzy Senna about her new collection of short fiction, You Are Free. More at NPR.org

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