And Other Stories
"In Thomas Glave's debut collection, collage supplants plot, point of view is a kaleidoscope, reality and fantasy blur and the prose is so intricately layered as to be at times somewhat cryptic. Glave's disruption of form is a powerful metaphor for the sexual, racial and geopolitical disjunctions the stories in Whose Song? explore...[t]hese stories are never about anything but the most serious matters of existence... Glave is a gifted stylist...blessed with ambition, his own voice and an impressive willingness to dissect how individuals actually think and behave."
The New York Times Book Review
"Thomas Glave has the strong talent and courage to take up the right to enter the inner selves of both black and white characters in his stories. This is a creative claim beyond 'authenticity' determined by skin color. He also has that essential writer's ear for the way different people speak within their cultures, and what their idiom gives away of their inhibitions and affirmations."
"What a writer! What a book! Glave is a brilliant writer of startlingly fresh prose, a writer who keeps you in a constant presence of experience, as if you were moving around in a clear dream. His stories are intricate tapestries of life rendered through a triumphant act of the imagination."
"In this collection of short stories Thomas Glave walks the path of such greats in American literature as Richard Wright and James Baldwin while forging new ground of his own. His voice is strong and his technique dazzling as he cuts to the bone of what it means to be black in America, white in America, gay in America, and human in the world at large. These stories span the globe of the human experience and the human heart. They are brutal in some places, tender in others, but always honestly told. A true talent of the twenty-first century."
"Remarkable stories by a gifted writer who explores, in prose and rhythms of imaginative moment, the stresses, the split-minds, the implicit grandeurs, the subtleties, the terrors, of emotional desire and obsession: one is drawn compulsively into character and event."
"A fiercely imagined debut--intensely lyric, driven by the desire in the face of everything for truth, justice, beauty."
Jun 10, 2008
"Baldwin wrote his six novels, three plays and numerous essays directly out of his personal experience as a black, gay man in America. His fiery essays are masterpieces in the black protest tradition. In the figures of Rufus Scott (Another Country) and Leo Proudhammer (Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone) Baldwin created fragile characters shouldering the weight of what he saw as a cruel and oppressive world. Although hailed as a black protest writer, he defied expectation when he wrote Giovanni's Room, a brutally honest tale of homosexuality and self-loathing. It was rejected by his American publisher and only appeared when English publisher Michael Joseph agreed to issue it.
Now read on:
Toni Morrison's Sula and The Bluest Eye; Thomas Glave's Whose Song?"