Rion Amilcar Scott s story collection, The World Doesn t Require You, is one of the most astonishingly smart collections I ve ever read I don t think I ve read anything as brutally intelligent as Scott s stories Even before I finished the book, I wanted to gather all of the literature wonks I know and force them to read this collection as fast as humanly possible, so that we can talk about what the stories have to say, how they are constructed, and what the hell we re supposed to read next because this collection is just so damn good Read the rest of my review at A Bookish Type I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss, for review consideration. Established By The Leaders Of The Country S Only Successful Slave Revolt In The Mid Nineteenth Century, Cross River Still Evokes The Fierce Rhythms Of Its Founding In Lyrical Prose And Singular Dialect, A Saga Beats Forward That Echoes The Fables Carried Down For Generations Like The Screecher Birds Who Swoop Down For Their Periodic Sacrifice, And The Water Women Who Lure Men To Wet DeathsAmong Its Residents Wildly Spanning Decades, Perspectives, And Species Are David Sherman, A Struggling Musician Who Just Happens To Be God S Last Son Tyrone, A Ruthless PhD Candidate, Whose Dissertation About A Childhood Game Ignites Mayhem In The Neighboring, Once Segregated Town Of Port Yooga And Jim, An All Too Obedient Robot Who Serves His Master As The Book Builds To Its Finish With Special Topics In Loneliness Studies, A Fully Realized Novella, Two Unhinged Professors Grapple With Hugely Different Ambitions, And The Reader Comes To Appreciate The Intricacy Of The World Scott Has Created One Where Fantasy And Reality Are Eternally At WarContemporary And Essential, The World Doesn T Require You Is A Leap Into A Blazing New Level Of Brilliance Lauren Groff That Affirms Rion Amilcar Scott As A Writer Whose Storytelling Gifts The World Very Much Requires Quirky in a Ishmael Reed kind of way More to come.. It s true Every word of it Even the parts I made up Especially the parts I made up The essays from The World Doesn t Require You include biblical updates, coming of age stories, new fables, and The tales explore African American history, slavery, power, love, personal connections, and so much The voices are raw and vibrant, the themes thought provoking and often uncomfortable, but always unique and never forgettable This is powerful stuff This ARC was provided by Norton, in exchange for an honest review. I was hooked from the very first story This book grabbed me and spoke to me in a way that no book has done in a truly long time This collection of essays covers coming of age and fables stories all wrapped into a beautiful collection that explores slavery, love, and connection mixed in with African American history and experience The themes are unique and powerful, often leaving me with deep thoughts and analysis A thought provoking and strong collection. My only need to stand as I did, not in perfection, nor in mastery, nor even in competence, but in constant work and growth Ugly words carelessly arranged can derange us just like beautiful words in beautiful order Ugly derangement saps us and depletes us, devolves us to our base selves, rips feathers from the wings we ve gained from all our beautiful derangementRion Scott sows together a powerful tale of what it means to be human This collection of stories brings to the light loneliness, friendship, hate, love, racism, sexism, slavery, and even hope Scott s writing is elegant and bold, constantly leaving you wanting In the face of life, every character is met with heavy challenges that pushes them Will they grow from it or break down Guide others or tear them down Heartbreaking yet humorous, Scott s vivid writing brings to life what it means to live in a world that treats you with disregard What hooked me the most was the last and longest story Special Topics In Loneliness Studies is a breathtaking story about a professors deterioration into lonelinessEventually, even our silences between our silences kept their own silences This, students, is loneliness Loneliness is a basic human emotion but what power we let that emotion have over us is what shapes us Knowing that we all feel it, do we let it bring us together or isolate us and become a thing of rage and self destruction This book is raw, imaginative, and bold Scott s writing demands to be heard.
Rion Amilcar Scott is the author of the story collection, The World Doesn t Require You Norton Liveright, August 2019 His debut story collection, Insurrections University Press of Kentucky, 2016 , was awarded the 2017 PEN Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and the 2017 Hillsdale Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers His work has been published in journals such as The Kenyon Review, Crab
- 384 pages
- The World Doesnt Require You
- Rion Amilcar Scott
- 16 February 2018 Rion Amilcar Scott