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Some of Us Are Very Hungry Now (Paperback)

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This essay collection will sucker punch you in the gut. The writing is at turns casual, insightful, heart-breaking, and genre-bending. Andre Perry’s urgent, ravenous voice will take you for a ride through the micro- and macro-aggressions that come with being Black and queer in the world, his body and skin being fetishized, the trappings and stumblings of modern love, redemption, and what it means to belong to a place that doesn’t really want you--therefore what it means to not really belong anywhere.

A fresh American voice--one to sit up and pay attention to. 

— Steph


"Beautiful, brilliant, bold... Tantamount to a slice from the Americana songbook." --Christopher John Stephens, PopMatters

With luminous insight and fervent prose, Andre Perry's debut collection of personal essays, Some of Us Are Very Hungry Now, travels from Washington, DC, to Iowa City to Hong Kong in search of both individual and national identity. While displaying tenderness and a disarming honesty, Perry catalogs racial degradations committed on the campuses of elite universities and liberal bastions like San Francisco while coming of age in America.

The essays in Some of Us Are Very Hungry Now take the form of personal reflection, multiple choice questions, screenplays, and imagined talk-show conversations, while traversing the daily minefields of childhood schoolyards and Midwestern dive-bars. The impression of Perry's personal journey is arresting and beguiling, while announcing the author's arrival as a formidable American voice.

"A complete, deep, satisfying read... The variety of structures, formats, and rhythms Perry uses in Some of Us Are Very Hungry Now is extraordinary... These essays shine with broken humanity and announce the arrival of a new voice in contemporary nonfiction, but they do so with heaps of melancholia and frustration instead of answers. That Perry can hurt us and keep us asking for more is a testament to his talent as a storyteller." --Gabino Iglesias, NPR

About the Author

Andre Perry is an essayist and arts advocate. He received his MFA from the University of Iowa's Nonfiction Writing Program and his work has appeared in The Believer, Catapult, Granta and other journals. He co-founded Iowa City's Mission Creek Festival, a celebration of music and literature, as well as the multidisciplinary festival of creative process, Witching Hour. He continues to live and work in Iowa City. This is his first book.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781937512835
ISBN-10: 1937512835
Publisher: Two Dollar Radio
Publication Date: November 12th, 2019
Pages: 172
Language: English
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