Shaking the Tree

Shaking the Tree

A Collection of New Fiction and Memoir by Black Women

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Baker & Taylor
A new anthology of fiction and memoir by African American women writers showcases twenty-three fresh voices in American literature, including Rebecca Walker, ZZ Packer, Danzy Senna, and Carolyn Ferrell.

Norton Pub
"Not since Breaking Ice has an anthology so freed the spirits of African American women."—Ai
Showcasing the newest generation of black women writers, including ZZ Packer, Edwidge Danticat, and Shay Youngblood, Shaking the Tree gathers twenty-three voices that came of age in the wake of the civil rights, black arts, gay rights, and feminist movements. Their literature embodies the tragedies and triumphs of contemporary black women in their struggle to negotiate a sense of individual identity beyond the limited scope of gender and race.Shaking the Tree offers a panorama of both fiction and memoir, revealing perspectives as diverse as they are dynamic: asha bandele recounts how she fell in love with a prisoner charged with murder; Rebecca Walker explores a childhood split between disparate racial and cultural landscapes; ZZ Packer remembers her near-abduction from summer camp at a time when local black children were being found murdered; Danzy Senna and Carolyn Ferrell tell tales about being young and biracial in a society that sees only in black and white.This anthology is as urgent as it is historical—these voices are the future of American literature.

Book News
This anthology contains 23 selections from recently published (since 1990) memoirs and works of fiction by black women. Included are ZZ Packer's tale of her near-abduction from summer camp; Catherine E. McKinley's revelations of the pain and confusion of having been adopted into a white family; and Lisa Teasley's story about two women who, in competing for the attentions of one man, find love with each other. The volume is not indexed. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Baker
& Taylor

A hip new anthology of fiction and memoir by African-American women writers showcases twenty-three fresh voices in American literature, including Rebecca Walker, ZZ Packer, Danzy Senna, and Carolyn Ferrell. 12,500 first printing.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c2003
ISBN: 9780393050677
039305067X
Branch Call Number: 818.6 SHA
Characteristics: xxi, 292 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Danquah, Meri Nana-Ama

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