The Office of Historical Corrections by Danielle Evans (2020)

I love my Book-of-the-Month because I gets books like this that I would never have discovered. Evans is a National Book Foundation 5 under 35 honoree, and boy, can she write. This book is a collection of 6 short stories plus 1 novella. I loved 5 out of the 7 pieces, and that’s saying a lot. Though the characters vary greatly, they all revolve around race, history, and what stories are told and by whom. I’ll quote part of the book jacket here: “In one story (“Boys Go To Jupiter”), a white college student tries to reinvent herself after a photo featuring her in a confederate flag bikini goes viral. In another (“Alcatraz”), a daughter takes her mother on a tour of a prison that tore her family apart decades earlier. And in the eye-opening title novella, a Black scholar from Washington DC is drawn into a complex historical mystery that spans generations and puts her job, her love life, and her old friendship at risk.” Those were actually my three favorites (along with “Anything Could Disappear”), so I was glad to see them featured in the inside cover.

I devoured these in two nights, and I look forward to her next collection–or perhaps she’ll write a novel next. Whatever it is, it’s sure to be powerful and raw and thought-provoking. Here’s the NYT Review of her book.

Let me know if anyone wants to borrow this–the beauty of Book-of-the-Month is that I have many to loan now.

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