Fat Time and Other Stories


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Graywolf Press
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5.61 X 8.3 X 0.71 inches | 0.79 pounds
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About the Author

Jeffery Renard Allen is the author of the novels Song of the Shank and Rails Under My Back, the story collection Holding Pattern, and two collections of poetry. He was raised in Chicago and divides his time between Johannesburg and the United States.


"A collection of wildly inventive and intensely realized stories provide electrifying jolts to the very notion of 'Black Experience'. . . . A potentially transformative exhibition of visionary storytelling."--Kirkus Reviews, *Starred*

"[Allen] provokes with riveting images, dark humor, and a chilling sense of desperation. . . he's a force to be reckoned with."--Publishers Weekly

"Reading Jeffery Renard Allen's Fat Time and Other Stories feels like free-falling, tumbling, spiraling headlong into stark new worlds and fever dreams. Allen's characters--restless and rebellious, famous and infamous--draw you in with the force of their longings, fears, and blues. These stories are eclectic, electric and endlessly imaginative."--Deesha Philyaw

"Fat Time and Other Stories, Jeffery Renard Allen's impressive new collection, takes the reader on a series of journeys spanning time, place, and souls. Whether imagining a band of albinos in revolt or a life-triptych featuring Jimi Hendrix and Francis Bacon, life under a mysterious (though now quite recognizable) quarantine or passages in the lives of greats Miles Davis and Muhammad Ali, Allen's array of storytelling gifts and his skill at bringing characters to life never fail to amaze. Luxuriate in these masterful sentences, lose yourself in these Black stories, 'the shape of dreams . . . the shape of the blues . . . the shape of listening.'"--John Keene

"In Fat Time, Jeffery Renard Allen's masterful depiction of the Black diaspora and the interior, shadowed lives of African Americans is on full display. From the fantastical and surreal to the darkly comic, each story is like an act of introspection that reveals the hidden spaces within unseen lives--where the unspoken is as loud as the biting utterances of characters pondering 'the word for choices we cannot forgive.' Through Allen's penetrating gaze, we indeed see 'the world is for everything borned' in this amazing brew of violence, rage, whimsy, and heartbreaking humor."--Morowa Yejidé

"Jeffery Renard Allen's writing in Fat Time and Other Stories is intense, subtle, and astute, rendered with folk wisdom and magical realism. Although his characters face defeat and folly, they not only endure, they often prevail. Allen has never forgotten the importance of 'the human heart in conflict with itself' (Faulkner). His themes of destruction and renewal, love and desire, despair and hardship, estrangement and war, and the weight of time itself, are always universal. This is a powerful collection."--Clarence Major