Friday Black

Friday Black Review

In the stories of Adjei-Brenyah’s debut, an amusement park lets players enter augmented reality to hunt terrorists or shoot intruders played by minority actors, a school shooting results in both the victim and gunman stuck in a shared purgatory, and an author sells his soul to a many-tongued god.

Adjei-Brenyah's writing will grab you, haunt you, enrage, and invigorate you. By placing ordinary characters in extraordinary situations, Adjei-Brenyah reveals the violence, injustice, and painful absurdities that black men and women contend with every day. These stories tackle urgent instances of racism and cultural unrest and explore the many ways we fight for humanity in an unforgiving world.

Title:Friday Black

    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Roxane

    The edge of the stories in Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah’s debut collection Friday Black is razor sharp, ready to cut deep. This book is dark and captivating and essential. This book is a call to arms an...

  • Meike

    Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah Is a "5 Under 35" Honoree 2018 of the National Book Foundation..and this is how you write cutting-edge fiction about the world we live in! Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah's debut is ...

  • Elyse Walters

    Having recently read “The Heads of The Colored People”, a terrific debut collection of 12 short stories by Nafissa Thompson-Spires — I reached for another debut collection of 12 more short stori...

  • Marchpane

    Fierce and invigorating, the stories in Friday Black demand attention like a slap in the face.This collection inhabits the ‘borderlands’ between genres, to borrow a term from Michael Chabon, sort ...

  • Blair

    When a story makes you cry three pages in, you know you're reading something special. 'The Finkelstein 5', the first short story in Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah's debut collection, is astounding. It follo...

  • Jessica Woodbury

    FRIDAY BLACK is hard to explain. The best I can do is say that it's like if BLACK MIRROR imagined a future based on the growing horrors of racism, violence, and capitalism rather than the growing horr...

  • Lou

    Named as one of the most anticipated books of Autumn 2018, Friday Black is a refreshingly original anthology of stories that use fiction as a device to explore and discuss some very prominent real-wor...

  • Sunita

    This is a stylish, assured, often devastating collection of short stories. The first story sets the tone and is laugh-out-loud funny and gut-punching and horrifying, all at once. They are set in an al...

  • Paul Fulcher

    Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah was recently named in the US as one of the 2018 ‘5 Under 35’ Honorees by the National Book Foundation, an award for authors aged under 35, who have published their first a...

  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)

    This was a fun, satirical short story collection about some serious topics. One of the NBA 5 under 35 selections this year. ...