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Jamel Brinkley

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Jamel Brinkley is the author of A Lucky Man, which won the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence and was a finalist for the National Book Award, the John Leonard Prize, and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. 

His work has appeared in The Paris Review, A Public Space, Ploughshares, and The Best American Short Stories. 

He was raised in the Bronx and Brooklyn and currently teaches at the Iowa Writers' Workshop.


Genres: Literary Fiction
   A Lucky Man (2018)
   Witness (2023)
Jamel Brinkley recommends
An Autobiography of Skin (2023)
Lakiesha Carr
"Lakiesha Carr writes achingly . . . [A] distinguished debut - its bodily rhythms, its sensory evocativeness, its quality of attention to the human soul - perhaps what defines it most is its insistent drive toward honesty, toward the compelling truths that could only have been uncovered by the angled vision of this particular author."
The Revivalists (2022)
Christopher M Hood
"From the very first page, Christopher Hood's debut forcefully claims the reader's attention and does not release it until the entire fascinating, suspenseful journey is done. This is an American story through and through, written in keen, lively prose, stirringly speculative while being alarmingly recognizable and real. The Revivalists is urgent, beguiling, compassionate, and strikingly relevant."
Perish (2022)
LaToya Watkins
"LaToya Watkins writes with a gaze that is warm and compassionate, but courageous and unflinching, refusing to look away from difficulty. Perish is a resonant debut novel, a robust family story told with beautiful cadences and textures. Watkins has a wonderful heart that animates every page from beginning to end."

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Books containing stories by Jamel Brinkley
The Best Short Stories 2021 (2021)
(O. Henry Prize Stories)
edited by
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Best American Short Stories 2019 (2019)
(Best American Short Stories)
edited by
Anthony Doerr

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Award nominations
2024 PEN/Faulkner Award (nominee) : Witness
2018 National Book Award for Fiction (nominee) : A Lucky Man

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