We Are Taking Only What We Need
by Stephanie Powell Watts
Publication Date: Nov 30, 2011
List Price: $15.95
Format: Paperback, 221 pages
Imprint: BkMk Press at the University of Missouri-Kansas City
Publisher: BkMk Press at the University of Missouri-Kansas City
Parent Company: BkMk Press at the University of Missouri-Kansas City
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Fiction. African American Studies. African American women protagonists lose and find love, confront sanity and craziness, and strive to make sense of their lives in North Carolina. A Jehovah’s Witness girl goes door-to-door with an expert field-service partner from up north. At a call center, operator Sheila fields a caller’s uncomfortable questions under a ruthless supervisor’s eye. Forty-something Aunt Ginny surprises the family by finding a husband, but soon she gives them more to talk about. Pulitzer-Prize winner Edward P. Jones writes "Watts offers an impressive debut that promises only wonderful work to come." Fiction writer Marly Swick agrees: "Each story seems, at the same time, to be a breath of fresh air and an instant classic." Author Alyce Miller notes that "Watts writes with a penetrating eye for the extraordinary moments in the lives of ordinary people. As I read, I found myself holding my breath."
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