A lucky man : stories / Jamel Brinkley.

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    • Abstract:
      Summary: "In the nine expansive, searching stories of A lucky man, fathers and sons attempt to salvage relationships with friends and family members and confront mistakes made in the past. An imaginative young boy from the Bronx goes swimming with his group from day camp at a backyard pool in the suburbs, and faces the effects of power and privilege in ways he can barely grasp. A teen intent on proving himself a man through the all-night revel of J'ouvert can't help but look out for his impressionable younger brother. A pair of college boys on the prowl follow two girls home from a party and have to own the uncomfortable truth of their desires. And at a Capoeira conference, two brothers grapple with how to tell the story of their family, caught in the dance of their painful, fractured history. Jamel Brinkley's stories, in a debut that announces the arrival of a significant new voice, reflect the tenderness and vulnerability of black men and boys whose hopes sometimes betray them, especially in a world shaped by race, gender, and class--where luck may be the greatest fiction of all." --Amazon.com.
    • Content Notes:
      No more than a bubble -- J'ouvert, 1996 -- I happy am -- Everything the mouth eats -- A family -- A lucky man -- Infinite happiness -- Wolf and Rhonda -- Clifton's place.
    • Notes:
      "A Public Space Book."
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    • Other Titles:
      Short stories. Selections
    • ISBN:
      9781555978051
      1555978053
    • Accession Number:
      2017952103
    • Accession Number:
      1018176036
    • Accession Number:
      lcc.182912
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      BRINKLEY, J. A lucky man : stories. [s. l.]: Graywolf Press, 2018. ISBN 9781555978051. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05560a&AN=lcc.182912&custid=s6224580. Acesso em: 21 jan. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Brinkley J. A Lucky Man : Stories. Graywolf Press; 2018. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05560a&AN=lcc.182912&custid=s6224580. Accessed January 21, 2020.
    • APA:
      Brinkley, J. (2018). A lucky man : stories. Graywolf Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05560a&AN=lcc.182912&custid=s6224580
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Brinkley, Jamel. 2018. A Lucky Man : Stories. Graywolf Press. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05560a&AN=lcc.182912&custid=s6224580.
    • Harvard:
      Brinkley, J. (2018) A lucky man : stories. Graywolf Press. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05560a&AN=lcc.182912&custid=s6224580 (Accessed: 21 January 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Brinkley, J 2018, A lucky man : stories, Graywolf Press, viewed 21 January 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Brinkley, Jamel. A Lucky Man : Stories. Graywolf Press, 2018. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05560a&AN=lcc.182912&custid=s6224580.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Brinkley, Jamel. A Lucky Man : Stories. Graywolf Press, 2018. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05560a&AN=lcc.182912&custid=s6224580.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Brinkley J. A lucky man : stories [Internet]. Graywolf Press; 2018 [cited 2020 Jan 21]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05560a&AN=lcc.182912&custid=s6224580

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2018 May #1

*Starred Review* In nine perceptive stories about broken families, loners, and social outcasts in search of redemption, Brinkley's stunning debut depicts urban life in all its lonely, wearying detail. Set in Brooklyn and the Bronx, in poor neighborhoods and on school campuses, these tales are imbued with pathos, sexuality, and moments of violence and tenderness. In the title story, a private school security guard secretly snaps photos of young women in public and wonders if his wife has left him for good. In "I Happy Am," a boy attending a Catholic day camp shares an unlikely bond with a suburban woman, even though she's not the wealthy blonde he anticipated. "No More Than a Bubble" follows two college friends who crash a Brooklyn house party, where the girls they pursue teach them a lesson in hard-to-get. The former inmate in "A Family" stalks his deceased friend's son and widow until an unexpected encounter reveals his intentions and complicated history. These characters may be hanging on by frayed threads, but they are very much alive and not so much guarded against whatever hardships may befall them as, rather, looking for a lucky break and welcoming chance with open arms. With this memorable collection, Brinkley emerges as a gifted and empathetic new writer. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2017 December #1

In this debut collection, chosen as an Indies Introduce Winter/Spring 2018 title by the American Booksellers Association, men and boys struggle with privilege, desire, responsibility, and family history.

Copyright 2017 Library Journal.

LJ Reviews 2018 March #1

Brinkley's first collection portrays young African American men struggling with fathers, brothers, and friends, present or absent. What impresses first is the length and strength, the sheer weightiness of each detailed and meditative story. Brinkley doesn't flick off moments but shows how each contains multitudes. In "No More Than a Bubble," ostensibly about two friends picking up girls at a party, the narrator says, "Sometimes I feel all I'd have to offer, other than questions, are my memories of that time in Brooklyn." As he recalls his father's effort to teach him about happiness, he can't enjoy the sex he's having because he's trying to manage the situation; later, he recognizes the sudden rupture with his friend as something repeated throughout his life. Elsewhere, a boy who thinks of himself as a robot—the better to block his feelings—endures a troublesome trip to the suburbs, and a teenager striving for manhood is caught between his desire for a wild night out and his concern for a damaged younger brother he sometimes scorns. VERDICT Fully developed stories that readers will savor.

Copyright 2018 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2018 March #4

The nine stories in Brinkley's promising debut address persistent issues of race, class, and masculinity across three decades of New York City's history, from Manhattan's corporatization in the mid-'90s to the outer boroughs' gentrification today. In "No More Than a Bubble," two black Columbia undergrads crash a very white house party in Brooklyn, where they pair off with two older women with confounding, less-than-successful results. An imaginative young man finds his expectations of upper-middle-class life dashed during a day trip to the suburbs in "I Happy Am," while a former convict reconnects with a dead buddy's girlfriend in "A Family." "A Lucky Man" and "Clifton's Place" are the collection's two most successful stories, conveying the particular sadness of older African-Americans left adrift by market forces and "revitalization." Other entries, in plot and in prose, can feel too polite and mannered to register as memorable, nodding toward a stylistic exuberance and transgressive edge that never fully appear. Nonetheless, Brinkley's stories offer penetrating perspectives and stirring tragedies. Agent: Jin Auh, Wylie Agency. (May)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.