The World Doesn't Require You: Stories

by Scott, Rion Amilcar (Author)

ISBN: 9781631495380

Established by the leaders of the country's only successful slave revolt in the mid-nineteenth century, Cross River still evokes the fierce rhythms of its founding. In lyrical prose and singular dialect, a saga beats forward that echoes the fables carried down for generations-like the screecher birds who swoop down for their periodic sacrifice, and the water women who lure men to wet deaths.

Among its residents-wildly spanning decades, perspectives, and species-are David Sherman, a struggling musician who just happens to be God's last son; Tyrone, a ruthless PhD candidate, whose dissertation about a childhood game ignites mayhem in the neighboring, once-segregated town of Port Yooga; and Jim, an all-too-obedient robot who serves his Master. As the book builds to its finish with Special Topics in Loneliness Studies, a fully-realized novella, two unhinged professors grapple with hugely different ambitions, and the reader comes to appreciate the intricacy of the world Scott has created-one where fantasy and reality are eternally at war.

Contemporary and essential, The World Doesn't Require You is a leap into a blazing new level of brilliance (Lauren Groff) that affirms Rion Amilcar Scott as a writer whose storytelling gifts the world very much requires. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Summer 2019

Format: Hardcover, 384 pages

Publisher: Liveright, August 2019

Product Dimensions: 9.6 L × 6.5 W × 1.2 H

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