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Strivers and Other Stories Paperback – November 1, 2016

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"The feathery touch of these graceful short tales conceals melancholic undertones of helplessness and American class and race divisions." -Kirkus Reviews

"The 15 stories in Strivers are impressive and conjure one social milieu after another, but there are no postmodernist fireworks here. And thank goodness for that--such stylistic posturing would only deflect attention from the main thing: what's in these people's hearts and how to make that square (or not) with their world." -Washington City Paper

"Williams writes vividly about the American south, making the region itself a central character in his first collection of short fiction." -Politics and Prose Bookstore, Washington, D.C.

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"Strivers is an impressive collection filled with memorable characters pushing against the limits imposed on them--by family, fate, racism, and their own flaws and aspirations. With insight and compassion, Williams offers thoughtful portraits of ordinary lives in these stories; in so doing, he presents a varied and vibrant gallery of Black middle-class life in the South. His prose is smart and subtle, and like his characters, it is fueled by a longing heart."  - Brendan Short, author of Dream City
"Time and again, I found myself drawn into the vortex of Robert Williams' irresistible stories.  Each of them is a kind of crucible in which the writer cracks open his characters, revealing them in surprising, moving and often funny ways.  Yet Strivers and Other Stories is more than the sum of its beautiful parts.  Over the whole of the collection Williams casts a wide net of compassion that holds the stories in proximity to each other, making them mean that much more."  -Tommy Hays, author of The Pleasure Was Mine and What I Came to Tell You              

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  • Publisher : Washington Writers' Publishing House (November 1, 2016)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 222 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1941551114
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1941551110
  • Item Weight : 10.1 ounces
  • Dimensions : 5.51 x 0.51 x 8.5 inches
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