We Are Taking Only What We Need (Paperback)

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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."

About the Author

Stephanie Powell Watts teaches at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Her work has appeared in the Pushcart Prize and Best New Stories from the South anthologies, as well as Oxford American, New Letters, African American Review, and elsewhere.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781886157798
ISBN-10: 1886157790
Publisher: BkMk Press of the University of Missouri-Kans
Publication Date: November 30th, 2011
Pages: 221
Language: English

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