Onates today Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC copy of this priceless book in return for my honest review of this priceless book in return for my honest review book should be reuired for all high school students This is a wonderful collection of short stories by Ann Petry whom I had yet to read or hear
before this Her book Street was a bestseller in its time and I can t wait to get my hand on a copy This collection was a nice blend of authors and style Octavia Butler Zora Neale Hurston Gloria Naylor and Bradbury were a few who came to mind and yet Petry evaded me until now I highly recommend this collection to anyone who is a fan of the aforementioned authors and their style of writing about a town in general via vignettes of it s inhabitantsThe first few stories were about a Black family of pharmacists in a predominantly white vacation town and the rest seemed to branch out from there circa 1940 s A couple of my favorites include Mother Africa the title story Mis Muriel and The Bones of Louella Brown which were all a little tongue in cheek imo Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an e copy via Netgalley Devastating stories about the devastations of oppression and prejudice Some are simply heartbreakingly scintillating ie Like a Winding Sheet Petry s stories are like entire novels wrapped up in little packages Her range of narrative voice that of child and adult man and women is solid Miss Muriel and other stories by Ann Petry is a telescopic sight on an M24 sniper rifle an almost perfect shot depiction of what is going on in the world today Th I read The Bones of Louella Brown one of thirteen stories in Ann Petry s Miss Muriel and Other Stories The Bedford Abbey was a private chapel which the prominent wealthy Bedford family would utilize for their family weddings and funerals The Bedfords had been buried at the Yew Tree Cemetery so their remains were to be exhumed and reburied in the crypt in the chapel A black laundress Louella Brown was also buried at the Yew Tree Cemetery Louella s bones were brought to the funeral home for reburial at a black cemetery Her bones and the bones of Elizabeth Bedford the Countess of Castro got mixed up Both skeletons were of the same height and build and the two women had died in the same year People are saying it s some kind of trick that we re proving there s no difference between the races Oh we re ruined ruined ruined Young Whiffle a mortician moanedAnn Petry wrote an engaging story that makes an important point about segregation The story is humorous on one level as people try to resolve the problem and Louella haunts the funeral home director On another level we can see the serious problems of racism and classism I enjoyed Ann Petry s writing so I would like to read stories in this collection. Nitor Set mainly along the East Coast these realistic tales are as one reviewer said a rare pleasure Belles Lettres to read as powerful today as they were when they were first published in 197. Re and she looked golden and rose colored and lavender and it was as though there was a rainbow moving in the window Miss Muriel and Other Stories is a collection of short stories that embody the Black Experience in America The characters are not written as tragically colored or a living minstrel show and that is reason enough to love Mrs Petry s writing Much like the characters in The Street they are portrayed as human flawed to
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be sure because no one is perfect but not evil My sure because no one is perfect but not evil My favorite stories are Mother Africa for the perfect surprise ending The Bones of "Louella Brown A Truly Haunting Tale That Should Make One "Brown a truly haunting tale that should make one twice of disrespecting people The Witness The Necessary Knocking on the Door for it s people The Witness The Necessary Knocking on the Door for it s on respectability politics and the what would you do uestion presented In Darkness Confusion for capturing the rage of a people after repeated injustices I believe these stories are timeless because the topics covered are relevant and still occur today It s a reminder that taking a step forward isn t always easy there will be an obstacle or several to try to keep success freedom happiness an abstract feeling There are those books that seem doomed to be forgotten and then they go out of print This unfortunate fate has befallen Ann Petry s most excellent collection of short stories Petry s literary reputation will rest upon her powerful and fine naturalist novel The Street but Miss Muriel and Other Stories might possibly be her best work Originally published in 1945 the book features a set of loosely linked stories about African American characters variously struggling to find andor maintain community I used to teach her story The New Mirror in a course on place and space in AfAm literature The story is astonishing in its ability to present and bypass a simplistic dichotomy of black white racial relations She understands that racial relations in the US have always been much murkier and complex In class I argued that Petry presents a brown identity a kind of third term articulation for the beauty of brown skin a love for the kind of nurturing environment that the 12 year old narrator s family provides In US history this became the black is beautiful mantra That has always lacked subtlety of what Petry was crafting nearly thirty years earlier It is that kind of prescience that makes Petry and this collection of stories a must read Beg borrow or steal yourself a copy Outstanding books of short stories that I am very glad I was able to read There are a variety of short stories in this book and I must say they all are good So good you do not want to stop reading But if I had to pick a favorite it would have to be The Winding Sheet Powerful This book may have been written a while ago but the subject matter still res. Ories of a small town pharmacist's family a New York nightclub drummer a high school English teacher a factory worker a unk dealer and a charmingly perceptive 12 year old Christian Science Mo. .
Ann Petry is one of my all time favorite authors Her novels The Street and The Narrows are two that stand out in my memory always This book of short stories shows Petry s skills of story telling character description and world building at its sharpest the stories describing petry s own youth in stories describing Petry s own youth in form are so compelling I wanted to live in that world This is a book that will remain in my library for treasuring and re reading I read this for book club and it has turned into one of the most powerful reads of the year for
me each story completely envelopes you whetherEach story completely envelopes whether it a 5 page or a 40 page short story They are stories of black life in America and almost every one of them includes a white character who influences or adds context to the story The protagonists are from almost every class middle class lower class working class and walk of life a pharmacist a young child an artist a Tea for Three junk dealer a college professor and do something that many stories of the time never accomplished offering a multi faceted view into black life in America It s an important set of stories to read and many could sadly be set in America today After reading about Ann Petry s life you can feel it breathing flowing within the pages of her work Miss Muriel Other Stories is no different Within the first short story Miss Muriel the character s father owns a drugstore reminiscent of Petry s own life as her father ran a drugstore in the predominately white small town they lived in I will never stop speaking about the importance necessity of her work being included among those we list as Great American writers Even within Black writers commonly referenced Ann Petry s name is unfortunately not spoken enough Petry describes in great detail pairs of shoes the process of walking miles in them their need for repair the physical appearance of the characters shoes the leather the polish Or the buzzing of bees in cherry or pear blossoms a father being mesmerized by the life of bees smells of sweet violets and daffodils Or the drugstore s various syrups for sparkling soda fountain chocolate vanilla lemon This is how Petry crafts the worlds we dip into while reading The commonplace is ripped wide open the beauty revealed which had been there all along There are very few writers that created setting characters in such a simple yet layered and complicated way that tapped into the human experience and shined a light onto social ills almost entrancingly as Ann Petry did I went out the front door and across the street and sat on the church steps and watched the world go by and listened to the faint hum it made as it went around and around The sun was shining in the window and it reflected the lights from thears of colored water back on her face and her figu. From the author of the best selling novel THE STREET comes a stunning collection of stories that captures a remarkably diverse panorama of African American experience in the 1950s and 1960s st. .