In the Not Quite Dark: Stories

In the Not Quite Dark: Stories

by Dana Johnson
In the Not Quite Dark: Stories

In the Not Quite Dark: Stories

by Dana Johnson


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A collection of bold stories set in downtown Los Angeles that examine large issues like love, class, and race, and how they influence and define our most intimate moments.

With deep insight into character, intimate relationships, and the modern search for personal freedom, In the Not Quite Dark is powerful collection of stories that feels both urgent and timeless from Dana Johnson, the author of the prize-winning collection Break Any Woman Down.

In "The Liberace Museum," a mixed–race couple leave the South toward the destination of Vegas, crossing miles of road and history to the promised land of consumption; in "Rogues," a young man on break from college lands in his brother's Inland Empire neighborhood during a rash of unexplained robberies; in "She Deserves Everything She Gets," a woman listens to the strict advice given to her spoiled niece about going away to college, reflecting on her own experience and the night she lost her best friend; and in the collection's title story, a man setting down roots in downtown L.A. is haunted by the specter of both gentrification and a young female tourist, whose body was found in the water tower of a neighboring building.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781619027329
Publisher: Catapult
Publication date: 08/09/2016
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Dana Johnson is the author of Break Any Woman Down, Winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, and the novel Elsewhere, California. Both books were nominees for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Born and raised in and around Los Angeles, she is an associate professor of English at the University of Southern California. Learn more at

Table of Contents

Rogues 1

Sunshine 23

Now, in the Not Quite Dark 51

Because That's Just Easier 67

No Blaming the Harvard Boys 81

Buildings Talk 101

Art is Always and Everywhere the Secret Confession 115

The Liberace Museum 121

She Deserves Everything She Gets 147

Two Crazy Whores 159

The Story of Biddy Mason 179

Acknowledgments 203

Credits 205

About the Author 207

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