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The Office of Historical Corrections
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The Office of Historical Corrections

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"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 the 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 multi-racial 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"--… (mais)
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Título:The Office of Historical Corrections
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Etiquetas:book-of-the-month, in-these-uncertain-times

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

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Attention to the Invisible

Danielle Evans’ collection of six short stories and the novella of the title focus on subjects most anybody can relate to: marriage, love, work, and hurt. All these come at you from a Black perspective that includes symbols of hate, whitewashed history, and a dispelling of seeing a race as monolithic. And many of these appear threaded through “The Office of Historical Corrections,” wherein Cassie and Genevieve provide differing views of the Black upper class, work, marriage, and how to address historical inaccuracies. This story delivers a couple of twists, one obvious and one less so. It also rests on a central fantasy, that a nation really would establish an Institute of Public History with the objective of setting straight all manner, large and small, of historical falsehoods and misconceptions pertaining to Blacks in America. In other words, it addresses the subtle but potent prejudices in everything, even as small as the name of a cake.

You’ll be tempted to jump right to this novella, but if you do be sure go back and read the other stories. You’ll recognize many themes as being universal. For instance, “Richard of York Gave Battle in Vain” concerns a wedding in which the bride believes a friend has slept with her fiancé. She excludes her from the wedding party but invites her to the affair, ostensively to discover if her suspicion is true. Things, however, speed off the rails to reveal lots about the women. In “Boys Go to Jupiter,” that symbol of slavery, hate, and racism, the Confederate flag, shows up on the bikini of a young white student who when confronted defends her choice, and it turns out there is something below the surface, and maybe the woman isn’t quiet what the symbol says about her. Or “Why Won’t Women Just Say What They Want,” featuring a famous artist who has used and abused women and turned his torrent of apologies into only oblique attacks but a new art project.

Evans writes deftly, especially when it comes to layering in revealing subtleties about her characters, as well as the pervasiveness of underlying racism in America, mostly always invisible to White Americans.
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  write-review | Nov 4, 2021 |
Holy sh**. This entire book was incredible. These stories were so powerful and thought provoking. I’ve never seen or heard truth written or spoken so clearly and especially through fiction. I have been and will continue to recommend this book to EVERYONE. Wow. ( )
  ToriC90 | Oct 4, 2021 |
This book is a very different style from what I normally read. Rather than one central story, this is a collection of unrelated short stories (with one novella at the end). However, each of the stories addresses similar topics, including racism, misogyny, history, forgiveness, relationships (especially between women), what it means to be an American, and how the past affects our present.

Some of the initial stories leave you hanging a bit and I would like just a tad more development. But the last story—from which the book gets its title—is breathtaking.

The way this book explores relationships is lovely, mixed in with lots of poignant observations about life and the aforementioned subjects. There’s also lots of moments of with sarcastic and dry humor, with several unforgettable characters. And the ultimate questions about reconciling history and the truth in our time are well worth considering.

I’d also add this note: this book is a relatively quick read and easy to follow. However, because the different stories are not directly related, it’s much easier to read this in several sittings, with breaks between each of the short stories. ( )
  bentleymitchell | Aug 27, 2021 |
Probably more of a 3.5 but I am rounding up.

This is a very well written collection of stories which felt very engrossing and full of depth, but ultimately left me feeling dissatisfied because many of them didn’t give me the kind of closure I expected. I understand they are short stories but most of them felt like beginnings, and I would enjoy more if they were all longer. However, it’s still an interesting anthology and I would also recommend the audiobook for its wonderful cast of narrators. ( )
  ksahitya1987 | Aug 20, 2021 |
This was my December 2020 Book of the Month Selection. ( )
  madelinemar | Aug 16, 2021 |
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"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 the 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 multi-racial 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"--

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