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A Lucky Man

Stories
Jamel Brinkley
In the nine expansive, searching stories of A Lucky Man, fathers and sons attempt to salvage relationships with friends and family members and confront mistakes made in the past. An imaginative young boy from the Bronx goes swimming with his group from day camp at a backyard pool in the suburbs, and faces the effects of power and privilege in ways he can barely grasp. A teen intent on proving himself a man through the all-night revel of J’ouvert can’t help but look out for his impressionable younger brother. A pair of college boys on the prowl follow two girls home from a party and have to own the uncomfortable truth of their desires. And at a capoeira conference, two brothers grapple with how to tell the story of their family, caught in the dance of their painful, fractured history.

Jamel Brinkley’s stories, in a debut that announces the arrival of a significant new voice, reflect the tenderness and vulnerability of black men and boys whose hopes sometimes betray them, especially in a world shaped by race, gender, and class—where luck may be the greatest fiction of all.
 

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ISBN
978-1-55597-805-1
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Hardcover
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Pages
264
Trim Size
6 x 9
“This is the rare debut that introduces not a promising talent but a major writer, fully formed”—Garth Greenwell
 

About the Author

Jamel  Brinkley
Credit: Arash Saedinia
Jamel Brinkley is a graduate of Columbia University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He has received fellowships from Kimbilio Fiction, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and Stanford University. A Lucky Man is his first book. He lives in California.

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Jamel Brinkley appearing as part of Bay Area Book Festival

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Bay Area Book Festival in Berkeley, CAview map
"Critic's Choice: Three Young 21st Century Writers Rocking the Literary World," a panel with R.O. Kwon and Namwali Serpell. Moderated by Jane Ciabattari. Location: Berkeley City College - Auditorium. Priority admission tickets for this event are $10, and general admission wristbands for the festival are $15.

Jamel Brinkley appearing as part of Bay Area Book Festival

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Bay Area Book Festival in Berkeley, CAview map
"Ache, Rage, Rise: Portraits of Race and Gender in Short Fiction," a panel with Camille Acker and Kali Fajardo-Anstine. Moderated by Farida Jhabvala Romero. Location: The Marsh - Theater. Priority admission tickets for this event are $10, and general admission wristbands for the festival are $15.

Praise

  • “Each story is a trenchant exploration of race and class, vividly conveying the tension between social codes of masculinity and the vulnerable, volatile self.”The New Yorker
  • “[A Lucky Man] may include only nine stories, but in each of them, Brinkley gives us an entire world.”—NPR.org
  • “The stories hit with a silent thunder that reverberates within you long after you’ve finished them.”San Francisco Chronicle
  • “Brinkley’s collection A Lucky Man, already creating waves within the literary sphere, manages to be simultaneously polemical and immersive, in a series of tenderly insightful studies of masculinity, race, and the scars of history.”Entertainment Weekly

Acknowledgements

This book is made possible through a partnership with the College of Saint Benedict, and honors the legacy of S. Mariella Gable, a distinguished teacher at the College. Support has been provided by the Manitou Fund as part of the Warner Reading Program.

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