Mr B's review
Mr B’s Christmas Catalogue Review 2018
When George Saunders described this collection of short stories as “an excitement and a wonder”, I had to devour it immediately – and the man wasn’t wrong. The opening story, ‘The Finkelstein 5’ is a no-holds-barred tale of injustice at its worst, as one white man is acquitted of the murder of five black children. This brutality flows through the rest of the collection, but there’s a real tenderness that runs with it and an absurd sense of humour to round it all off. An incredibly diverse collection of stories that are full of humour and cruelty.
The instant New York Times bestseller
‘An unbelievable debut’ New York Times
Racism, but “managed” through virtual reality
Black Friday, except you die in a bargain-crazed throng
Happiness, but pharmacological
Love, despite everything
A Publisher’s Weekly Most Anticipated Book for Fall 2018
Friday Black tackles urgent instances of racism and cultural unrest, and explores the many ways we fight for humanity in an unforgiving world. In the first, unforgettable story of this collection, The Finkelstein Five, Adjei-Brenyah gives us an unstinting reckoning of the brutal prejudice of the US justice system. In Zimmer Land we see a far-too-easy-to-believe imagining of racism as sport. And Friday Black and How to Sell a Jacket as Told by Ice King show the horrors of consumerism and the toll it takes on us all.
Fresh, exciting, vital and contemporary, Friday Black will appeal to people who love Colson Whitehead’s Underground Railroad, the TV show Black Mirror, the work of Kurt Vonnegut and George Saunders, and anyone looking for stories that speak to the world we live in now.
‘An excitement and a wonder’ George Saunders
‘The writing in this outstanding collection will make you hurt and demand your hope’ Roxane Gay
‘The fiction debut of the year. Bravo young man. We await your encore’ Mary Karr