BookBrowse Reviews The Office of Historical Corrections by Danielle Evans

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The Office of Historical Corrections

A Novella and Stories

by Danielle Evans

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The Office of Historical Corrections by Danielle Evans
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    Nov 2020, 288 pages

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A story collection about contemporary life, the complexities of race and racism, and relationships built and lost in the tumult and trauma of a society facing a reckoning with its distant, and not-so-distant, past.

In The Office of Historical Corrections, the second story collection from Danielle Evans, readers are given a revelatory look at injustice, forgiveness, identity and history. With each story, Evans reveals the realities of present-day America, focusing in particular on the experiences of Black women in a country that considers whiteness the standard.

This collection contains six short stories along with the titular novella, a piece that challenges American narratives stemming from a colonial and racist past. Within its 104 pages, readers are introduced to Cassie and Genevieve (Genie), who at one point both worked for the Institute for Public History, a government agency tasked with correcting historical inaccuracies. The two women were often at odds with each other and eventually Genevieve was fired, while Cassie remained to continue her work with the organization. The revisions made...

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