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"Give My Love to the Savages" Virtual Event with Chris Stuck & Chad Morgan

Join us for a virtual event with Chris Stuck, author of Give My Love to the Savages, on Wednesday, July 14th at 7pm! The author will be joined for a conversation by Chad Morgan!

About the book:
A provocative and raw debut collection of short fiction reminiscent of Junot Diaz's Drown.

A Black man's life, told in scenes--through every time he's been called nigger. A Black son who visits his estranged white father in Los Angeles just as the '92 riots begin. A Black Republican, coping with a skin disease that has turned him white, is forced to reconsider his life. A young Black man, fetishized by an older white woman he's just met, is offered a strange and tempting proposal.

The nine tales in Give My Love to the Savages illuminate the multifaceted Black experience, exploring the thorny intersections of race, identity, and Black life through an extraordinary cast of characters. From the absurd to the starkly realistic, these stories take aim at the ironies and contradictions of the American racial experience. Chris Stuck traverses the dividing lines, and attempts to create meaning from them in unique and unusual ways. Each story considers a marker of our current culture, from uprisings and sly and not-so-sly racism, to Black fetishization and conservatism, to the obstacles placed in front of Black masculinity and Black and interracial relationships by society and circumstance.

Setting these stories across America, from Los Angeles, Phoenix and the Pacific Northwest, to New York and Washington, DC, to the suburbs and small Midwestern towns, Stuck uses place to expose the absurdity of race and the odd ways that Black people and white people converge and retreat, rub against and bump into one another.

Ultimately, Give My Love to the Savages is the story of America. With biting humor and careful honesty, Stuck riffs on the dichotomy of love and barbarity--the yin and yang of racial experience--and the difficult and uncertain terrain Black Americans must navigate in pursuit of their desires.

About the author:
Chris Stuck is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He earned an MFA in Fiction from George Mason University, and has been a fiction fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, the Callaloo Writer's Workshop, and the Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship. He is a Pushcart Prize winner, and his work has been published in American Literary Review, Bennington Review, Cagibi, Callaloo, Meridian, and Natural Bridge.

 

 

 

 

Chad Morgan's work has appeared in The Adroit Journal, Court Green, Columbia Poetry Review, and elsewhere. His debut poetry collection, Chad Morgan & Other Poems, is forthcoming in spring of 2022 from Meekling Press. He lives in Chicago.

Give My Love to the Savages: Stories Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780063029972
Availability: Available, order here for delivery or pickup.
Published: Amistad - July 6th, 2021

Event date: 

Wednesday, July 14, 2021 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

Unabridged Books, Inc.
Chicago, IL 60657
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