The Awkward Black Man


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$26.00  $24.18
Grove Press
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6.0 X 9.0 X 1.2 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author

WALTER MOSLEY is the author of more than fifty critically acclaimed books, including the major bestselling mystery series featuring Easy Rawlins. His work has been translated into twenty-five languages and includes literary fiction, science fiction, political monographs, and a young adult novel. In 2013, he was inducted into the New York State Writers Hall of Fame, and he is the winner of numerous awards, including an O. Henry Award, the Mystery Writers of America's Grand Master Award, a Grammy, PEN America's Lifetime Achievement Award, and an Edgar Award. He lives in New York City.


Praise for The Awkward Black Man:

"The tough-minded and tenderly observant Mosley style remains constant throughout these stories even as they display varied approaches from the gothic to the surreal. The range and virtuosity of these stories make this Mosley's most adventurous and, maybe, best book."--Kirkus Reviews

"Mosley delivers a vibrant collection of 17 luminous stories, many with a focus on downtrodden and troubled protagonists...Each entry is a testament to Mosley's enduring literary power."--Publishers Weekly

"These 17 old and more recent stories...feature distinctive characters, plus Mosley's jazzy prose and extraordinary insights. It's a tender, sad and gripping collection."--AARP "Fifty-plus books into his career, Mosley hasn't run out of inspired plots, and his interest in social issues remains acute, although he editorializes with the lightest of touches; The Awkward Black Man teems with sharp, quippy dialogue and not a sentence suffers the indignity of a frill...This primo story collection by an author best known for his crime fiction reaffirms his place in the literary pantheon."--Shelf Awareness

"Master storyteller Mosley has created a beautiful collection about Black men who are, indeed, awkward in their poignant humanity...Mosley's is an essential American voice and his portraits of Black men will have profound resonance."--Booklist, starred review

Praise for Walter Mosley:

"When reviewing a book by Walter Mosley, it's hard not to simply quote all the great lines. There are so many of them. You want to share the pleasures of Mosley's jazz-inflected dialogue and the moody, descriptive passages reminiscent of Raymond Chandler at his best."―Washington Post, on Down the River Unto the Sea

"A daring, beautifully wrought story that incorporates elements of allegory, meditative reflection and the lilt of lyric tragedy. "―Los Angeles Times, on The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey

"With Mosley, there's always the surprise factor―a cutting image or a bracing line of dialogue."―New York Times Book Review, on And Sometimes I Wonder About You

"Mosley's invigorating, staccato prose and understanding of racial, moral and social subtleties are in full force."―Seattle Times, on Known to Evil

"Mosley is the Gogol of the African-American working class―the chronicler par excellence of the tragic and the absurd."―Vibe

"[Mosley] has a special talent for touching upon these sticky questions of evil and responsibility without getting stuck in them."―New Yorker