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

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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • Reggie

    Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah proves he is a star by beginning a literary career with this charged story collection.The commentary on capitalism & consumerism alone is worth your time. Whether it's the sub...

  • 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...

  • Samantha Irby

    ASTONISHING ...

  • 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...

  • Trish

    I forget where I first heard of Adjei-Brenyah, but the name of his debut story collection was so similar to Esi Edugyan’s much-lauded Washington Black that I wanted to read both to make sure they we...

  • leynes

    Holy fuck! Everyone who loves Black Mirror will certainly find some stories to absolutely geek out and gush over in this collection. Friday Black is a brilliant and fresh piece of work, that encompass...