You Are Free
By Danzy Senna
(Riverhead Books, Paperback, 9781594485077, 240pp.)
Publication Date: May 3, 2011
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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.
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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