“Friday Black,” Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah’s debut short story collection, is unflinching in its criticism of pervasive elements in modern America, tackling racial injustices, capitalism, school shootings, and more.
“All You Can Ever Know” is a beautifully written book that addresses problems of race and family, drawing the reader in an emotional roller coaster that leaves them wanting to know more.
The story has an unoriginal plot about the life of three different women prevalent in many young adult novels, but the plot reveals that these characters are not as one-dimensional as they seem.
“We’ve been watching them ever since eighth grade...and we just kind of grew up with them,” said one attendee of the Hank Green event.
While characters may be uninteresting and the dialogue comes off as cliché at times, it does present a nuanced plot that can please readers regardless of age.
More than an entertaining fairytale, Okonkwo’s story serves as a wakeup call.
At 210 pages, “The Incendiaries” is a compact novel, but Kwon packs it with sublime detail and fully fleshed-out characters, whose richly imagined inner lives lend their intricate story a haunted depth.