Break Any Woman Down: Stories


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$22.95  $21.34
University of Georgia Press
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5.25 X 8.0 X 0.39 inches | 0.44 pounds
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About the Author

DANA JOHNSON is a professor of English in the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences at the University of Southern California. She is the author of Elsewhere, California: A Novel.


The stories in Break Any Woman Down are sexy, beautiful, and electric. Dana Johnson inhabits her characters' lives with sympathy and grace, giving voice to a chorus of non-Hollywood Los Angelenos. Through their stories, these characters reveal their hearts to us and . . . we see our own. This is an exciting and gorgeous literary debut.

--Jonathan Ames> "author of The Extra Man"

A wonderful collection of vivid tales told in fresh voices, Break Any Woman Down showcases Dana Johnson's gift to render with authenticity a range of ages, nationalities, and perspectives with a verve that leaves the reader wanting more.

--Janet McDonald "author of Project Girl"

You can hear Johnson's voices ringing long after you put the stories down; you feel purged and rested and in the company of good friends, not strangers. No character could stay a stranger long in this writer's hands.

--Los Angeles Times Book Review

A subtle and sometimes compelling vision of Los Angeleno life.

--Kirkus Reviews

The nine stories collected here deservedly won the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. In each, Johnson explores the interactions among men and women, women and women, parents and children, whites and blacks, young and old, and the living and the dying most vainly searching for a place to be, physically and/or emotionally. . . . The stories are full of the small details and disappointments of life, the missed opportunities and the inopportune moments that change one's trajectory. . . . This collection challenges the emotions and requires contemplation.

--Library Journal