Best African American Fiction 2009
Guest Editor, E. Lynn Harris(amazon)
Gerald Early (View Bio)
Hardcover: Bantam Books, 2009.
This is the first volume in an annual series in which Series Editor Gerald Early will name a different Guest Editor each year to select that year's best fiction by black Americans.
"There hasn’t been an anthology of such talented African-American literary figures since Marita Golden’s 'Gumbo,' and the result is a masterful bouquet of literary flowers, some grand, some subtle, but none shrinking. Striking among the collection is 'Cell One,' Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s cautionary tale of what happens when success and ambition outpace discipline and firm-handedness in child-rearing in Nigeria. The son of a professor and his accommodating wife, Nnamabia is titillated by thug life, and it isn’t until he’s arrested and observes the blatant disrespect toward a sick elder that he remembers the good sense his parents instilled long ago. In 'This Kind of Red,' Helen Lee tells of a battered woman who copes by counting everything from crayons to the minutes she has to kill her abusive husband. Mat Johnson offers an excerpt from 'The Great Negro Plot,' his novel infused with the history of slavery and indentured servitude in colonial New York. With something for every reader’s taste, this is a collection not to be missed. (starred review)" — Publishers Weekly