Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

Friday Black

In the stories of Adjei-Brenyah’s debut, an amusement park lets players enter augmented reality to hunt terrorists or shoot intruders played by minority actors, a school shooting results in both the victim and gunman stuck in a shared purgatory, and an author sells his soul to a many-tongued god.Adjei-Brenyah's writing will grab you, haunt you, enrage, and invigorate you. By placing ordinary characters in extraordinary situations, Adjei-Brenyah...


Details Friday Black

TitleFriday Black
ISBN9781328911247
Author
Release DateOct 23rd, 2018
PublisherMariner Books
GenreShort Stories, Fiction, Science Fiction, Literary Fiction
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Reviews Friday Black

  • Roxane
    1970-01-01
    The edge of the stories in Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah’s debut collection Friday Black is razor sharp, ready to cut deep. This book is dark and captivating and essential. This book is a call to arms and it is a condemnation. Adjei-Brenyah offers powerful prose as parable. The writing in this outstanding collection will make you hurt and demand your hope. Read this book. Marvel at the intelligence of each of these stories and what they reveal about...
  • Meike
    1970-01-01
    Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah Is a "5 Under 35" Honoree 2018 of the National Book Foundation..and this is how you write cutting-edge fiction about the world we live in! Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah's debut is bold, powerful, innovative, and poetic. Every other blurb is randomly claiming that the author of the respective book has a unique voice - this author actually does, and this fall, his short stories are mandatory reading. "Friday Black" encompasses 1...
  • Marchpane
    1970-01-01
    Fierce and invigorating, the stories in Friday Black demand attention like a slap in the face.This collection inhabits the ‘borderlands’ between genres, to borrow a term from Michael Chabon, sort of literary, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, maybe all-of-the-above at the same time. In one story, it’s hard to tell (in a deliberate, clever way) whether the backdrop is a zombie-infested post-apocalyptic wasteland, or just an ordinary shopping mall. An...
  • Blair
    1970-01-01
    When a story makes you cry three pages in, you know you're reading something special. 'The Finkelstein 5', the first short story in Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah's debut collection, is astounding. It follows a young man named Emmanuel as he prepares for a job interview, taking steps (modifying his voice, wearing smart clothes, smiling and being constantly polite) to ensure his Blackness is dialled down as far as possible. He's happy about the intervie...
  • Lou
    1970-01-01
    Named as one of the most anticipated books of Autumn 2018, Friday Black is a refreshingly original anthology of stories that use fiction as a device to explore and discuss some very prominent real-world issues, and because of that, this is a collection that is thought-provoking and with much substance to it - something that always really appeals to me.Although the stories maintain objectivity, they are also brutally honest about the situation the...
  • Jessica Woodbury
    1970-01-01
    FRIDAY BLACK is hard to explain. The best I can do is say that it's like if BLACK MIRROR imagined a future based on the growing horrors of racism, violence, and capitalism rather than the growing horrors of technology. This collection of stories does what really excellent sci-fi does and explores the present through the future. And yet, I feel like I'm still underselling it. I haven't quite made it clear just how reading this book is kind of like...
  • Paul Fulcher
    1970-01-01
    Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah was recently named in the US as one of the 2018 ‘5 Under 35’ Honorees by the National Book Foundation, an award for authors aged under 35, who have published their first and only book of fiction within the last five years, and 'whose debut titles provide a first look at their exceptional talent as fiction writers.’ He was nominated by Colson Whitehead, winner of the 2016 National Book Award for his The Underground R...
  • Anna |hayinas7
    1970-01-01
    Finklestein 5, Zimmer Land, Light Spitter and Through the Flash are my absolute favorites. Great collection of short stories.
  • Sarah
    1970-01-01
    2.5 rounded upAs is often the case with short stories, I found these to be an incredibly mixed bag. I thought the first story was brilliant - it felt really Black Mirror-esque - but unfortunately the rest were mostly forgettable for me, ending predictably and often falling flat. Thank you Netgalley and Quercus Books for the advance copy, which was provided in exchange for an honest review.
  • Andre
    1970-01-01
    A first-rate story collection with a little bit of magical realism, weirdness, strangeness, wit, hard truths, racial injustice and a dash of retail shopping, which gives the book its title. Friday Black is what we know as Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving that ushers in the Christmas shopping season. In the story, Friday Black, a clothing store in the mall is gearing up for the shopping frenzy that can be deadly and in the past Friday Blac...
  • Jaclyn Crupi
    1970-01-01
    The best fiction shakes you up – this is the best fiction and I feel like a snow globe. I’m not sure any of us could ever be ready for something as electric and essential as FRIDAY BLACK and I’m so happy to have been rocked to my core. This collection of illuminating and mind-expanding stories has had me captivated. This was one of my most anticipated books of the year and I feel equally exhausted and exhilarated, spent and satiated. FRIDAY...
  • Neil
    1970-01-01
    Review to follow (copy received via NetGalley and the publisher asked for reviews to be held until 3 weeks prior to publication).
  • Rosie
    1970-01-01
    This was a great debut and some truly original short stories that are so gooooood they set the bar on how amazing short stories can be.A little surreal, a splash of sci-fi and dystopia, anger mixed with sharp observations I was griped, and I want to read it again because each story was so detailed I want to make sure I got everything! I was especially gripped by Through The Flash that could have been it’s own book, actually most of them would m...
  • Jonathan
    1970-01-01
    4.5 best collection of short stories to come out since last years her body and other parties. Maybe got bored with one of the stories or two but other than that flawless
  • Uriel Perez
    1970-01-01
    Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah's 'Friday Black' is such a book that requires one a moment to catch their breath upon completion. These twelve stories are ferocious and reveal the underbelly of a nation still at odds with its own past, destined to be consumed by its present. And yet, there's a persistent glimmer of hope that runs through these visions of chaos and suffering, of ghosts seeking redemption, of the over-worked sales representative, of those...
  • SissiReads
    1970-01-01
    Oh my goodness, where do I even begin to write this review?First of all, I have never read a book like this before (to say the least!!!), it truly is eye opening and every time I think about it I feel goosebumps all over. The magnitude of what it tries to present in the book is beyond words, so before I go into a bit more details of the book, I just want to congratulate the author for such outstanding debut novel and for what he has achieved so f...
  • Charlott
    1970-01-01
    Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah's debut collection Friday Black is something else! I read most of it during train rides this weekend and I could hardly put it down. Roxane Gay wrote about the book: " Friday Black is razor sharp, ready to cut deep. This book is dark and captivating and essential. This book is a call to arms and it is a condemnation". In his highly inventive stories, Adjei-Brenyah takes our reality and tweaks it just a little bit, follows...
  • Bianca Walters
    1970-01-01
    The instinct is to call this gritty, because it surely isn't gentle, but that would be inaccurate. Friday Black is clear. Not the view from a dirty window through a rusty screen, but that first day with new glasses magnifying glass welded to your cornea kind of view.
  • Drew
    1970-01-01
    Hell yeah. A vibrant debut collection, in the vein of George Saunders and Black Mirror and so many other things yet so decidedly original that you really have to say "well, it's LIKE these other things BUT" when you try to describe it.A few of the stories are on the weaker side, but "The Finklestein 5" and "Zimmer Land" and "Light Spitter" and "Through the Flash" -- not to mention the three slightly-linked tales of retail (incl. the title story) ...
  • Martin
    1970-01-01
    Thank you HMH for the ARC. Simply stated this is the best book of the year thus far and merits consideration for major literary awards. The stories will make an excellent TV mini series and is excellent depiction of the all too real dystopia that is life in a woefully prejudiced dysfunctional American society. A brilliant must read
  • Lindsay Cole
    1970-01-01
    What a stunning debut collection. Important and strange and funny and heartbreaking and edgy and - WOW.
  • Beth (bibliobeth)
    1970-01-01
    This review comes with a huge thank you to Quercus Books whom at a recent "Word-Of-Mouth Bestsellers Evening" kindly provided me with a copy of this book in a fun little "blind date," where the book was wrapped up in standard brown paper with a few teasing pieces of information on the front to suggest what might be inside. If you follow me on Instagram/Twitter you might have already seen what was there but for those of you who don't I'll just men...
  • Lizy
    1970-01-01
    Ok, so, like the major of the books I received at SIBA this year, I have to preface this with a story. I met the author while I was dressed in like, Florida-tourist chic, with a maroon skeleton cardigan on, a neon green fanny pack, like 5 tote bags spilling off my shoulders, the works. Unbeknownst to me at the time, when I got my book signed Adjei-Brenyah didn't just put his name, he actually wrote out "amazing fanny pack, thanks for everything" ...
  • Charlotte Jones
    1970-01-01
    *Disclaimer: I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I didn't know what to expect going into this but I've been enjoying short story collections and so wanted to pick up another one. From the first story I could tell that this was going to be out of my comfort zone. The level of violence is something that took me by surprise to the point where I had to skim read some pages because it was too much for me. On ...
  • Shauna
    1970-01-01
    This book covers a lot of issues in a short span of time. I especially loved the first and last story. The first, about what happens when a white man uses a chainsaw to behead five young black children and then says he was just defending himself, is satirical but also kind of sad in how not-really-satirical it is. The last is about a neighborhood stuck in a time loop where every day ends with the same bomb killing them all (I love time loops, and...
  • Matthew
    1970-01-01
    I know this is a review, but having read it I just want more than anything to talk-talk-talk about each and every short story in this collection. Some were exceptional, classically composed stories ("Lark Street" "The Finkelstein 5"), some were beautifully carved slices of life ("Friday Black" "How to Sell a Jacket by Iceking") and others still were bizarre, bold, and brazen, full of unrelenting brutality (though all of them could be categorized ...
  • Melissa Dee
    1970-01-01
    I was quite shaken when I finished reading several of the stories in this collection. The Finkelstein 5, The Lion & the Spider, and Light Spitter are stories that will linger in my mind, and that I will return to again to try to understand their origin in the writer’s mind and life, and their intersection with my experience.I was less taken with the stories set in the Prominent Mall. I don’t think the quality is uneven; I think I was less emo...
  • Rosie
    1970-01-01
    This was a great debut and some truly original short stories that are so gooooood they set the bar on how amazing short stories can be.A little serial, a splash of sci-fi and dystopia, anger mixed with sharp observations I was griped, and I want to read it again because each story was so detailed I want to make sure I got everything! I was especially gripped by Through The Flash that could have been it’s own book, actually most of them would ma...
  • Demi
    1970-01-01
    Wow. This was almost too much for me—discomfort was a regular feeling while reading these incredible short stories. But I would wholly recommend this collection to anyone. I hope this is the future of literary fiction continuing to come to fruition on the page.
  • Monika
    1970-01-01
    The stories in Friday Black are incredibly thought provoking, political, violent, and completely unforgettable. If you’re a fan of Colson Whitehead, George Saunders, or Marlon James, this is the read for you. Special thanks to NetGalley for the ARC! This title comes out on October 23rd.