If you’ve ever hankered for fresh, new writing, here is a book you should have on your #TBR list. Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah is a star in the making, and his debut book, which was officially published yesterday, is getting the attention of critics.
The collection of 12 short stories is titled Friday Black. He mixes satire with fantasy to create what is being hailed as a powerful commentary on consumer culture and racism.
Adjei-Brenyah was born to Ghanaian parents. He grew up in Spring Valley, N.Y., where, as a little boy he read a lot of science fiction and fantasy and Japanese Manga. He received an undergraduate degree from the University at Albany, SUNY and went on to pursue an M.F.A in creative writing at Syracuse University where he studied with novelist Lynne Tillman and short story master George Saunders.
Adjei-Brenyah’s work is defined by a distinctively open approach to genre. His work flits between fantasy, satire, genre fiction, and realism.
In the New York Times review of Friday Black, Tommy Orange is impressed by the way Adjei-Brenyah uses futuristic elements to interrogate contemporary questions about race, power, consumer culture, and violence. Orange concludes that Friday Black is “a powerful and important and strange and beautiful collection of stories meant to be read right now.”
Enjoy this teaser from the short story titled “Friday Black.”