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The Awkward Black Man

(2020)
A collection of stories by

 
 
Bestselling author Walter Mosley has proven himself a master of narrative tension, both with his extraordinary fiction and gripping writing for television. The Awkward Black Man collects seventeen of Mosley's most accomplished short stories to showcase the full range of his remarkable talent.

Mosley presents distinct characters as they struggle to move through the world in each of these stories?heroes who are awkward, nerdy, self-defeating, self-involved, and, on the whole, odd. He overturns the stereotypes that corral black male characters and paints a subtle, powerful portrait of each of these unique individuals. In "The Good News Is," a man's insecurity about his weight gives way to a serious illness and the intense loneliness that accompanies it. Deeply vulnerable, he allows himself to be taken advantage of in return for a little human comfort in a raw display of true need. "Pet Fly," previously published in the New Yorker, follows a man working as a mailroom clerk for a big company?a solitary job for which he is overqualified?and the unforeseen repercussions he endures when he attempts to forge a connection beyond the one he has with the fly buzzing around his apartment. And "Almost Alyce" chronicles failed loves, family loss, alcoholism, and a Zen approach to the art of begging that proves surprisingly effective.

Touching and contemplative, each of these unexpected stories offers the best of one of our most gifted writers.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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Hardback Editions

March 2021 : Hardback
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Title: The Awkward Black Man
Author(s): Walter Mosley
ISBN: 1-398-70456-3 / 978-1-398-70456-5
Publisher: W&N
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September 2020 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Awkward Black Man
Author(s): Walter Mosley, Walter Mosley
ISBN: 0-8021-4956-1 / 978-0-8021-4956-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grove Press
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Paperback Editions

June 2021 : Paperback
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Title: Awkward Black Man
Author(s): Walter Mosley
ISBN: 1-398-70457-1 / 978-1-398-70457-2
Publisher: W&N
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Audio Editions

November 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Awkward Black Man: Stories
Author(s): Walter Mosley
Publisher: Tantor Audio
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November 2020 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Awkward Black Man: Stories
Author(s): Walter Mosley
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


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November 2020 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Awkward Black Man
Author(s): Walter Mosley
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
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September 2020 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Awkward Black Man: Stories
Author(s): Walter Mosley
Publisher: Grove Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA