Coming of Age in America: A Multicultural Anthology

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By turns touching and hilarious, Coming of Age in America gathers together writers from fifteen different ethnic groups who, through their fiction, explore the terrain we all traverse as we come of age, no matter our race, ethnicity, gender, or class.

With over twenty short stories and fiction excerpts by noted authors such as Julia Alvarez and Frank Chin, Dorothy Allison and Adam Schwartz, Reginald McNight and Tobias Wolff, Coming of Age in America shows that our common ...

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Overview


By turns touching and hilarious, Coming of Age in America gathers together writers from fifteen different ethnic groups who, through their fiction, explore the terrain we all traverse as we come of age, no matter our race, ethnicity, gender, or class.

With over twenty short stories and fiction excerpts by noted authors such as Julia Alvarez and Frank Chin, Dorothy Allison and Adam Schwartz, Reginald McNight and Tobias Wolff, Coming of Age in America shows that our common experiences are more binding than our differences are divisive. Since its initial publication in 1994, Coming of Age in America has evolved from a groundbreaking collection of underrepresented voices into a timeless album of unforgettable literature. A wonderfully readable collection, this is a marvelous resource for those looking for stories that illustrate the convergence of cultural experience and literature.

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"This collection is proof that our collective reality is expressed through many fugues, intonations, and accents. It is in the varied voices, the unique stories, and the universal life-sphere of growing up that we find what truly unites us."
—Luis Rodriguez, author of Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A.
Library Journal
The 20-odd short stories and novel excerpts comprising this book are all previously published works, several from critically acclaimed authors like Tobias Wolff, Paule Marshall, and National Book Award finalist Dorothy Allison. Evocative of triumphs and tribulations we all experience during adolescence, this anthology shares needed perspectives that are wonderfully diverse from the standard fare that young adults are most often encouraged to digest. For a tiny, tempting sampling, try this beautiful description from ``Marigolds,'' Eugenia Collier's award-winning story: ``Memory is an abstract painting-it does not present things as they are but rather as they feel.'' This collection goes one better on Collier's metaphor for memory, presenting the coming-of-age years as they are and as they feel.-Faye A. Chadwell, Univ. of South Carolina Lib., Columbia
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565841475
  • Publisher: New Press, The
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 495,788
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 8.28 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author


Mary Frosch is also the editor of Coming of Age Around the World and Coming of Age in the 21st Century (The New Press). As a teacher at The Spence School she designed a world literature curriculum and helped implement the multicultural literature program. She divides her time between New York City and Santa Monica, California.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
The Jacket 3
The Neighborhood 7
The Kind of Light That Shines on Texas 17
The Body Politic 32
The Wrong Lunch Line 52
Jump or Dive 58
from Bastard Out of Carolina 75
Where Is It Written? 82
Summer Water and Shirley 100
Judgment Day 111
from The Floating World 122
Yes, Young Daddy 139
Going to School 154
A Spell of Kona Weather 166
What Means Switch 175
from This Boy's Life 197
Eyes and Teeth 212
A Bag of Oranges 216
from How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents 226
from Davita's Harp 239
Marigolds 254
Suggestions for Further Reading 265
Biographical Notes 267
Permissions Acknowledgments 272
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