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Title:
Break any woman down
Author:
Johnson, Dana, 1967-
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Publication Information:
Athens : University of Georgia Press, [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
157 pages ; 21 cm
General Note:
"Winner of the Flannery O'Connor award for short fiction."
Language:
English
Contents:
Melvin in the sixth grade. -- Three ladies sipping tea in a Persian garden. -- Break any women down. -- Mouthful of sorrow. -- Hot pepper. -- Clay's thinking. -- Bars. -- Something to remember me by. -- Markers.
ISBN:
9780820323152
Format :
Book

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In Break Any Woman Down , Dana Johnson explores race, identity, and alienation with unflinching honesty and vibrant language. Hip and seductive, her stories often feature women discovering their identities through sexual and emotional intimacy with the men in their lives.

In the title story, La Donna is a black stripper whose white boyfriend, an actor in adult movies, insists that she stop stripping. In "Melvin in the Sixth Grade," eleven-year-old Avery has a crush on a white boy from Oklahoma who, like Avery, is an outsider in their suburban Los Angeles school. "Markers" is as much about a woman's relationship with her mother as it is about the dissolution of her relationship with an older Italian man.

Dana Johnson has an intuitive sense of character and a gift for creating authentic voices. She effortlessly captures the rhythmic vernaculars of Los Angeles, the American South, and various immigrant communities as she brings to life the sometimes heavyhearted, but always persevering, souls who live there.


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