The Office of Historical Corrections Summary and Reviews

The Office of Historical Corrections

A Novella and Stories

by Danielle Evans

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The award-winning author of Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self brings her signature voice and insight to the subjects of race, grief, apology, and American history.

Danielle Evans is widely acclaimed for her blisteringly smart voice and x-ray insights into complex human relationships. With The Office of Historical Corrections, Evans zooms in on particular moments and relationships in her characters' lives in a way that allows them to speak to larger issues of race, culture, and history. She introduces us to Black and multiracial characters who are experiencing the universal confusions of lust and love, and getting walloped by grief—all while exploring how history haunts us, personally and collectively. Ultimately, she provokes us to think about the truths of American history—about who gets to tell them, and the cost of setting the record straight.

In "Boys Go to Jupiter," a white college student tries to reinvent herself after a photo of her in a Confederate-flag bikini goes viral. In "Richard of York Gave Battle in Vain," a photojournalist is forced to confront her own losses while attending an old friend's unexpectedly dramatic wedding. And in the eye-opening title novella, a black scholar from Washington, DC, is drawn into a complex historical mystery that spans generations and puts her job, her love life, and her oldest friendship at risk.

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"The eponymous novella that closes the book is a stunner...To say much more would only detract from storytelling that is gripping on every level. Necessary narratives, brilliantly crafted." - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Evans brings her usual wit and keen eye to her latest collection...Despite its shortcomings, this is a timely, entertaining collection from a talented writer who isn't afraid to take chances." - Publishers Weekly

"Evans's storytelling shines...her characters are sharp, with terrific depth, and her prose is a pleasure to read. It's a strong, acerbic follow-up to her prizewinning 2010 release." - The Washington Post

"'The Office of Historical Corrections,' a novella, is presented here along with other stories that chronicle how history — racial and cultural — continue to reverberate through daily life. Danielle Evans continues to write provocative fiction about people of color, raising questions about who gets to dictate our national narrative." - The Chicago Tribune

"Every story in The Office of Historical Collections is on point...but the ancestral thriller novella that spawned its title is completely transformative." - Vulture

"[The Office of Historical Corrections is] the most astonishing thing I've read this fall." – BuzzFeed

"With the seven brilliant stories in The Office of Historical Corrections, Danielle Evans demonstrates, once again, that she is the finest short story writer working today. These stories are sly and prescient, a nuanced reflection of the world we are living in, one where the rules are changing, and truth is mutable and resentments about nearly everything have breached the surface of what is socially acceptable. These stories are wickedly smart and haunting in what they say about the human condition… Her language is nimble, her sentences immensely pleasurable to read, and in every single story there is a breathtaking surprise, an unexpected turn, a moment that will leave you speechless, and wanting more." – Roxane Gay, New York Times-bestselling author of Difficult Women and Bad Feminist

"Danielle Evans is a stone-cold genius, in possession of both a merciless eye and a merciful heart. And she keeps getting better." - Rebecca Makkai, National Book Award finalist for The Great Believers

"A dazzling collection. Contemporary life in Danielle Evans's stories has a kind of incandescent and dangerous energy: even in moments of somberness or isolation, her characters crackle with heat, light, and self-awareness." - Kelly Link, author of Get In Trouble

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Danielle Evans

Danielle Evans is the author of the story collection Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self, winner of the PEN America PEN/Robert W. Bingham prize, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and the Paterson Prize, and a National Book Foundation "5 under 35" selection. Her stories have appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including The Best American Short Stories. She teaches in The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University.

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