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The World Doesn't Require You

by Rion Amilcar Scott

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The World Doesn't Require You by Rion Amilcar Scott
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  • First Published:
    Aug 2019, 384 pages
    Paperback:
    Aug 25, 2020, 384 pages

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Set in the fictional Mid-Atlantic city of Cross River, this electric and eclectic story collection riffs on the social and inner complexities of Black lives today.

You can't move for young authors being marketed as "unique," "bold" and "visionary" these days. So it comes as quite a shock to the system to encounter the genuine article. The 11 stories and novella that make up Rion Amilcar Scott's sophomore collection are joyous, shocking and, at times, soaringly wondrous. Like some master hip-hop artist dropping a trailblazing mixtape, Scott remixes the past through an incisive contemporary eye and an effervescent vernacular voice to deliver a work that adds something new to the conversation about the Black experience in America today. The stories share a setting, the fictional town of Castle Rock, and overarching themes; even plot points and characters drift in and out of the confines of their individual narratives.

The World Doesn't Require You pole-vaults right out of the gate with "David Sherman, the last Son of God," a tour de force overture ...

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