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The Office of Historical Corrections: A Novella and Short Stories by Danielle Evans

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Book Title: The Office of Historical Corrections: A Novella and Short Stories

Author: Danielle Evans

Publisher: Riverhead Books

Publication Date: November 10, 2020

Format: Hardcover


The award-winning author of Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self brings her signature voice and insight to the subjects of race, grief, apology, and American history.

Danielle Evans is widely acclaimed for her blisteringly smart voice and x-ray insights into complex human relationships.

With The Office of Historical Corrections, Evans zooms in on particular moments and relationships in her characters’ lives in a way that allows them to speak to larger issues of race, culture, and history.

She introduces us to Black and multiracial characters who are experiencing the universal confusions of lust and love, and getting walloped by grief–all while exploring how history haunts us, personally and collectively.

Ultimately, she provokes us to think about the truths of American history–about who gets to tell them, and the cost of setting the record straight.

In “Boys Go to Jupiter,” a white college student tries to reinvent herself after a photo of her in a Confederate-flag bikini goes viral. In “Richard of York Gave Battle in Vain,” a photojournalist is forced to confront her own losses while attending an old friend’s unexpectedly dramatic wedding.

And in the eye-opening title novella, a black scholar from Washington, DC, is drawn into a complex historical mystery that spans generations and puts her job, her love life, and her oldest friendship at risk.


About the Author:

DANIELLE EVANS is the author of the story collection Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self, winner of the PEN America PEN/Robert W. Bingham prize, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and the Paterson Prize, and a National Book Foundation 5 under 35 selection. Her stories have appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including The Best American Short Stories. She teaches in The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University.




    November 1, 2020
    I received a copy of this from Netgalley in exchange for a review. Ironically, Danielle Evans' devastating short stories highlight the main reason why I've vogued out of being a reader of short stories over the years: the stories end too quickly. She writes such compelling characters and she sucks you right into tiny, perfectly formed little worlds and then it's over even though you want to know so much more about it all and you have to forget about that world and those characters and have your heart broken by the next ones. I've been waiting for ten years for new work from her and this is just as scrumptious and excellent as her last book.
    November 1, 2020
    WIth the seven brilliant stories in The Office of Historical Corrections, Danielle Evans demonstrates, once again, that she is the finest short story writer working today. These stories are sly and prescient, a nuanced reflection of the world we are living in, one where the rules are changing, and truth is mutable and resentments about nearly everything have breached the surface of what is socially acceptable.
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