is the literary debut of a talented young writer, Thomas Glave. His writing is marked by an energy, an ambition, and a fearlessness that are all too rare. Threads of African American and gay experience, as well as Caribbean and Caribbean American culture and history connect these stories, set in the Bronx and other parts of New York City, Boston, the American South, and the Caribbean. "Commitment" takes place on the day before a wedding in the rural South. Two young black men are forced to end their clandestine relationship as the father of one of them threatens to kill them both. In "Their Story," two elderly men, one from Jamaica and the other from the South, lose their wives and find comfort with each other. "--And Love Them?" is the one-sided dialogue of a white woman, an office worker who tries to communicate her conflicted feelings toward "them," that is, the black people she encounters at her job, on the streets of New York, and in her imagination. And "The Pit" is a haunting, harrowing tale about a young Caribbean boy who visits the site of an enormous killing field and returns to his terrorized village endowed with prophetic powers. Thomas Glave is a deft stylist, and each of the nine stories in this collection reveals yet another of his successful technical experiments. These are powerful and unforgettable stories, filled with a precise anger and a prevailing humanity.
--And Love Them?
The Final Inning
A Real Place
Original title: Whose Song? And Other Stories
Genre: Fiction→ Gay & Lesbian
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