• The Awkward Black Man

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  • By: Walter Mosley
  • Narrated by: Mirron Willis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (228 ratings)

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The Awkward Black Man

By: Walter Mosley
Narrated by: Mirron Willis
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Publisher's summary

Best-selling author Walter Mosley has proven himself a master of narrative tension, both with his extraordinary fiction and gripping writing for television. The Awkward Black Man collects 17 of Mosley's most accomplished short stories to showcase the full range of his remarkable talent.

Mosley presents distinct characters as they struggle to move through the world in each of these stories - heroes who are awkward, nerdy, self-defeating, self-involved, and, on the whole, odd. He overturns the stereotypes that corral black male characters and paints a subtle, powerful portrait of each of these unique individuals. In "The Good News Is", a man's insecurity about his weight gives way to a serious illness and the intense loneliness that accompanies it. Deeply vulnerable, he allows himself to be taken advantage of in return for a little human comfort in a raw display of true need.

"Pet Fly", previously published in the New Yorker, follows a man working as a mailroom clerk for a big company - a solitary job for which he is overqualified - and the unforeseen repercussions he endures when he attempts to forge a connection beyond the one he has with the fly buzzing around his apartment. And "Almost Alyce" chronicles failed loves, family loss, alcoholism, and a Zen approach to the art of begging that proves surprisingly effective.

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