Coming of Age in America
A Multicultural Anthology
Baker & Taylor
A collection of short stories and novel excerpts by noted minority authors explore the triumphs and tribulations of adolescence
"Whether we are Jews or Catholic Chicanas, grew up on a corn farm or the oil-dark lot of a radiator shop in East Los Angeles, we come of age in the same human ways," writes Gary Soto in his forward to Coming of Age in America: A Multicultural Anthology, edited by Mary Frosch. A collection of works by writers from fifteen different backgrounds, Coming of Age in America traverses the universal territory we all experience as we grow up, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, or class, and reminds us that, ultimately, our common experiences are more binding than our differences are divisive.
Blackwell North Amer
By turns touching and hilarious, Coming of Age in America gathers together writers from fifteen different ethnic groups who, through their fiction, explore the terrain we all traversed as we came of age, no matter our race, ethnicity, gender, or class.
Whether we read to remember or to commiserate, here we find it all - classroom bullies and sibling rivalries, first loves and first losses, first victories and first defeats. Frank Chin and Gish Jen vividly recall the excitement of young romance, Adam Schwartz and Dorothy Allison remind us of how trying families can be, and Wanda Coleman and Nicholasa Mohr write about those piercing moments when we realize that our religion, skin color, or ethnicity differentiate us from our best friends.
With over twenty short stories and fiction excerpts, Coming of Age in America shows that our common experiences are more binding than our differences are divisive. A wonderfully readable and groundbreaking collection, this is a marvelous resource for those people looking for alternatives to The Catcher in the Rye and A Separate Peace.
A collection, by turns humorous and poignant, of more than twenty previously published short stories and excerpts, written by writers from various ethnic groups, explores the uneven terrain of adolescence, from young romance to sibling rivalry to friendships found.
New York : New Press, c1994
xiv, 274 p. : 22 cm