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Though multiracialism has recently become a popular aspect of many memoirs and novels, "Mixed" is the first of its kind: a fiction anthology with racial overlap as its compass. With original pieces by both established and emerging writers, "Mixed" explores the complexities of identity that come with being a multiracial person. Every story, crafted by authors who are themsel Though multiracialism has recently become a popular aspect of many memoirs and novels, "Mixed" is the first of its kind: a fiction anthology with racial overlap as its compass. With original pieces by both established and emerging writers, "Mixed" explores the complexities of identity that come with being a multiracial person. Every story, crafted by authors who are themselves mixed-race, broaches multiracialism through character or theme. With contributors such as Cristina Garcia, Danzy Senna, Ruth Ozeki, Mat Johnson, Wayde Compton, Diana Abu-Jaber, Emily Raboteau, Mary Yukari Waters, and Peter Ho Davies, and an illuminating introduction by Rebecca Walker, "Mixed" gives narrative voice to the multiple identities of the rising generation. Contents: The anthropologists' kids by Ruth Ozeki Effigies by Lucinda Roy Minotaur by Peter Ho Davies Mrs. Turner's lawn Jockeys by Emily Raboteau Footnote by Carmit Delman My Elizabeth by Diana Abu-Jaber Gift giving by Mat Johnson Shadey by Stewart David Ikeda Unacknowledged by Brian Ascalon Roley Caste system by Mary Yukari Waters Wayward by Chandra Prasad Falling sky by Cristina Garcia The non-Babylonians by Wayde Compton Hollywood by Marina Budhos Human mathematics by Mamle Kabu Bing-Chen by Neela Vaswani The lost sparrow by Kien Nguyen Triad by Danzy Senna


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Though multiracialism has recently become a popular aspect of many memoirs and novels, "Mixed" is the first of its kind: a fiction anthology with racial overlap as its compass. With original pieces by both established and emerging writers, "Mixed" explores the complexities of identity that come with being a multiracial person. Every story, crafted by authors who are themsel Though multiracialism has recently become a popular aspect of many memoirs and novels, "Mixed" is the first of its kind: a fiction anthology with racial overlap as its compass. With original pieces by both established and emerging writers, "Mixed" explores the complexities of identity that come with being a multiracial person. Every story, crafted by authors who are themselves mixed-race, broaches multiracialism through character or theme. With contributors such as Cristina Garcia, Danzy Senna, Ruth Ozeki, Mat Johnson, Wayde Compton, Diana Abu-Jaber, Emily Raboteau, Mary Yukari Waters, and Peter Ho Davies, and an illuminating introduction by Rebecca Walker, "Mixed" gives narrative voice to the multiple identities of the rising generation. Contents: The anthropologists' kids by Ruth Ozeki Effigies by Lucinda Roy Minotaur by Peter Ho Davies Mrs. Turner's lawn Jockeys by Emily Raboteau Footnote by Carmit Delman My Elizabeth by Diana Abu-Jaber Gift giving by Mat Johnson Shadey by Stewart David Ikeda Unacknowledged by Brian Ascalon Roley Caste system by Mary Yukari Waters Wayward by Chandra Prasad Falling sky by Cristina Garcia The non-Babylonians by Wayde Compton Hollywood by Marina Budhos Human mathematics by Mamle Kabu Bing-Chen by Neela Vaswani The lost sparrow by Kien Nguyen Triad by Danzy Senna

30 review for Mixed: An Anthology of Short Fiction on the Multiracial Experience

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jerome Brown

    A great and quick read. Each author has a multiracial background (not just black and white but possibly Indian, Scottish, Vietnamese, etc.) and has a written a short story. The stories begin with a quick background on the author and end with a note from the author on how they came up with their story (some were based on their own lives, others took themes and wove them in with personal experiences). There were many stories that left me wanting more, which is what I hate about short fiction. If y A great and quick read. Each author has a multiracial background (not just black and white but possibly Indian, Scottish, Vietnamese, etc.) and has a written a short story. The stories begin with a quick background on the author and end with a note from the author on how they came up with their story (some were based on their own lives, others took themes and wove them in with personal experiences). There were many stories that left me wanting more, which is what I hate about short fiction. If you decide to read this book, let me know what you think.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ezra

    In case you have not yet figured it out, I am bi-racial. For many situations strangers know I am neither black nor white, but they do not know where to place me. I myself did not know where to put me. I enjoyed reading about others with the same issues. I hoped to get more inspiration that being mixed is a good thing that maybe everyone should try. Maybe that is the book I will have to write.

  3. 5 out of 5

    T.Y. Lee

    Some of these stories were insightful, and some were just bizarre and seemingly pointless (I did appreciate that each author wrote commentary on their piece after each short story though). I didn't expect all of these writers to feel like being mixed was such a tragedy. In the end, I just ended up feeling like there was something inherently wrong with me for not feeling extreme discord or self-loathing because of my mixed ethnicity. Apparently my "best of both worlds" and "who even cares, anyway? Some of these stories were insightful, and some were just bizarre and seemingly pointless (I did appreciate that each author wrote commentary on their piece after each short story though). I didn't expect all of these writers to feel like being mixed was such a tragedy. In the end, I just ended up feeling like there was something inherently wrong with me for not feeling extreme discord or self-loathing because of my mixed ethnicity. Apparently my "best of both worlds" and "who even cares, anyway?" perspective is not shared by these writers. In the introduction, Rebecca Walker discusses the unhealthy sense of fragmentation that plagues the multiracial person, that "mixed race people can become morbidly obsessed with race, both because everyone else is and because it is the place of our deepest wound" (um, really? our deeeeeepest wound, huh?), and goes on to say that "We carry an internal brokenness as a result of our experiences betwixt and between, and if we aren't careful we end up hoarding and polishing it like gold, as if the brokenness is the true indicator of who we really are. As if racial incoherence is the axis upon which our very existence revolves." Yet most of the writers contributing to this anthology DID JUST THAT. The gist of these stories can be summed up thusly: -race shouldn't matter! -no, wait, it totally does! In fact, my entire sense of self depends on it! -wait, I changed my mind, race is a stupid social construct! -but it DOES matter; oh I'm so conflicted! -how dare you make me CHOOOOOOOSE a race! (never mind that I have already chosen anyway, you are just suppose to magically read my mind and KNOW how I racially identify, jerk!) -oh, how tragic my life is because I'm mixed! Acknowledge my inner turmoil, damn it! -you don't understaaaaaaaaaand! Seriously. Even your drug abuse can be blamed on the hardships of being multiracial. If you want to read a lot of sniveling about pseudo-identity crises, people feeling like victims of their own ethnicity, and race "problems" of a scarcely measurable magnitude, then this book is for you! If, like me, you are a multiracial person who isn't totally obsessed with your own multiracialness, you are going to find this book confusing and mostly irrelevant to your life.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Camelia Rose

    This is a collection of short stories about multiracial experiences. Written by writers who are multi-racial themselves, however, they are not mini-biographies. I enjoyed most of them, although they are not always the same quality and depth. My favourites: The anthropologists' kids by Ruth Ozeki A poignant and innocent tale with a dark edge, very fitting in today's global political climate. I am fan of Ruth Ozeki's lucid and effortless writing. Minotaur by Peter Ho Davies A modern fable of a half-m This is a collection of short stories about multiracial experiences. Written by writers who are multi-racial themselves, however, they are not mini-biographies. I enjoyed most of them, although they are not always the same quality and depth. My favourites: The anthropologists' kids by Ruth Ozeki A poignant and innocent tale with a dark edge, very fitting in today's global political climate. I am fan of Ruth Ozeki's lucid and effortless writing. Minotaur by Peter Ho Davies A modern fable of a half-man half-beast, short but forceful. It's a pure linguistic pleasure to read this prose poem. Unacknowledged by Brian Ascalon Roley A very sharp story. Multiracial identity crisis clashes with sexual development, double dosage of growing up in pain. Caste system by Mary Yukari Waters A beautiful short story. It is more about Japan than multiracial experience. It captures the subtlety of eastern culture very well. Wayward by Chandra Prasad Dark and violent, Wayward catches me off guard, the only problem of which is too short. It could be a brilliant thriller. Mrs. Turner's lawn Jockeys by Emily Raboteau A cute story, it makes me laugh out loud. Others: Effigies by Lucinda Roy Gender issue or race issue? Can you always make a clean cut? The survival of a suppressed coloured man sometimes includes being ignorant if not dominant to the even more suppressed coloured women. Footnote by Carmit Delman Is this story the "weird" one mentioned by another reviewer? A woman's searching for her partial identity in her blood but missing from her upbringing. My Elizabeth by Diana Abu-Jaber A snapshot of American Indian history in 1970s, told through a young girl of mixed parentage. The writing style is not my favourite. I find it broken or incessant at times. Falling sky by Cristina Garcia A story about a troubled teenage boy of multiracial parentage, set in Vietnam. Aren't all teenagers troubled? Hollywood by Marina Budhos A story about a troubled teenage girl of multiracial parentage and her equally troubled mother. Human mathematics by Mamle Kabu A race-incident in an English boarding school and a mixed race girl who is on both sides therefore on neither side. Bing-Chen by Neela Vaswani Is this story the "pointless" one mentioned about another reviewer? The lost sparrow by Kien Nguyen The bleakest story in this collection. It's more about Vietnam than multiracial experience. Triad by Danzy Senna A literature experiment.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Melody

    I usually always skip the forwards and introductions, but this time I didn’t. And man, am I glad I didn’t! Something told me not to. I knew I struggled with identity, but I didn’t realize just how much I did until I read the foreword and introduction to this book. People ask me what I am ALL of the time, and yes, I laugh it off, because honestly, what else can I do when even I don’t know the answer to that question? I’m in a constant battle with which side I identify more with, and it changes all I usually always skip the forwards and introductions, but this time I didn’t. And man, am I glad I didn’t! Something told me not to. I knew I struggled with identity, but I didn’t realize just how much I did until I read the foreword and introduction to this book. People ask me what I am ALL of the time, and yes, I laugh it off, because honestly, what else can I do when even I don’t know the answer to that question? I’m in a constant battle with which side I identify more with, and it changes all of the time. I used to think it was messed up that depending on the race and class of the person asking the question, my emphasis and first mention of a particular race changed, until I read Mamle Kabu’s “Human Mathematics,” and realized it wasn’t so weird after all. Mary Yukari Waters described being mixed as not having to choose a side, but being able to go back and forth between the two, like having a country and a city house. The two don’t have to cause a conflict. I want to feel like that someday. Story after story, I kept hoping the next would be by an author that was like me. And then there he was: Brian Ascalon Roley. “Unacknowledged” felt like it could be a story about my own life, my own family, about myself. After reading all of these stories, I understand how important it is for me to embrace my mixed-ness and how even more important it is for me to explore it and talk about it with other mixed people, which sadly, I don’t know even one. I crave to talk about this topic with people that would understand.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Reba

    This collection started out so strong for me. I couldn't believe my ELA teachers weren't using some of these stories and didn't have this collection in their classrooms. But then...as all too often happens with story collections, I've hit some weak parts. I am in the middle now and I've read two very disappointing stories back-to-back. I just could not love Gift Giving or Shadey. There are several stories left, and I will continue to read one a day, but I hope they improve. Okay, finally done! An This collection started out so strong for me. I couldn't believe my ELA teachers weren't using some of these stories and didn't have this collection in their classrooms. But then...as all too often happens with story collections, I've hit some weak parts. I am in the middle now and I've read two very disappointing stories back-to-back. I just could not love Gift Giving or Shadey. There are several stories left, and I will continue to read one a day, but I hope they improve. Okay, finally done! And, pun slightly intended...it was a mixed bag of stories.

  7. 4 out of 5

    arafat

    Picked it up at the public library, if only because I was struck by the very first line of the first story in the collection ("There used to be this joke at Yale, that in order to get tenure in the Anthropology Department you had to have an Oriental wife"). Some of the stories are more enjoyable than the others, but it's a good read overall and inspires thoughtful reflections on the meaning of being multiracial/multicultural in modern societies obsessed with identity. Picked it up at the public library, if only because I was struck by the very first line of the first story in the collection ("There used to be this joke at Yale, that in order to get tenure in the Anthropology Department you had to have an Oriental wife"). Some of the stories are more enjoyable than the others, but it's a good read overall and inspires thoughtful reflections on the meaning of being multiracial/multicultural in modern societies obsessed with identity.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Dusty

    this book fell into my hands at the perfect moment. it supported my heart and my experience. what more can you ask from a book? some wonderful stories in here by mixed race folks. we come in all shades.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ashini Desai

    To hear the voice of true multiculturalism is to listen to the words of “Mixed.” The authors in this anthology of short stories are multiracial; each author brings a unique blend of experiences and styles depending on their mix of races and nationalities. Like each author, the stories are unique. The first story, Ruth Ozeki’s “The Anthropologists Kids” sets the tone for the collection that this was not a “nobody understands me” type of collection. The characters bite tongues of their offenders i To hear the voice of true multiculturalism is to listen to the words of “Mixed.” The authors in this anthology of short stories are multiracial; each author brings a unique blend of experiences and styles depending on their mix of races and nationalities. Like each author, the stories are unique. The first story, Ruth Ozeki’s “The Anthropologists Kids” sets the tone for the collection that this was not a “nobody understands me” type of collection. The characters bite tongues of their offenders in these stories. The stories speak about real and ordinary experiences, but the characters are like those you haven’t met. Diane Abu-Jaber’s story “My Elizabeth” is told by a Palestinian-American transplanted into Wyoming and the story weaves in Elizabeth, a girl from the Sequoya reservation. Both are trying to find themselves and lose themselves in the legacy that their families had left for them. Emily Raboteau’s “Mrs. Turner’s Lawn Jockeys” take a surreal turn as the lawn statues communicate with a young child. One common thread is the acceptance of the multiracial identity by self and others. The characters often feel they belong in one bucket and not another. For example, in Carmit Delman’s story “Footnote,” her protagonist forces to carve out an identity of her own, an Indian one. However, she realizes she doesn’t have a basis for it. Mat Johnson’s story “Gift Giving” shows the anger and hate in a man who uses race to divide his marriage and divide himself. Chandra Prasad’s story, “Wayward” echoes of isolation and abandonment by family and strangers, while the symbol of blond perfection is so desired, even ready to be kidnapped. The advantage for writers with a blended background is being able to don any persona. Neela Vaswani, who is of Irish and Indian descent, takes liberties to narrate the experiences of Chinese-American boy. There’s a more personal touch to this collection because each story is suffixed by a blurb by the authors regarding the inspirations behind the story. The writers explore complexities of being multiracial without allowing it to overpower the story. Instead, the focus is excellent writing and memorable characters. It’s a fresh collection of short stories with such varied voices.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Nana

    dnf. Sadly, I only got to page 128, after that I just didn't want to go on with any of the stories. Most of the characters were just not relatable. I would have loved to read about peoples experiences, positive and negative, with being mixed, but of the 7 stories I read I realized the authors think that being mixed is something bad, that you must choose a side, or that it gives you a disadvantage in life. Yes, sometimes being mixed feels like that but where is the positive part of being mixed? Wh dnf. Sadly, I only got to page 128, after that I just didn't want to go on with any of the stories. Most of the characters were just not relatable. I would have loved to read about peoples experiences, positive and negative, with being mixed, but of the 7 stories I read I realized the authors think that being mixed is something bad, that you must choose a side, or that it gives you a disadvantage in life. Yes, sometimes being mixed feels like that but where is the positive part of being mixed? Where is the mix of cultures? Where is the self-awareness? The Anthology was published 2006 and most of the stories were written 2005 or earlier. Maybe times have changed, and I can’t connect to stories written about race and ethnicity from that time? Maybe the American way of looking at ethnicity, just don’t fit with my experience being mixed myself in Europe? However, one story in particular was amazing, Peter Ho Davies’s “Minotaur”. Here you can feel the struggle of the Minotaur and his inability to choose and find his way out of the labyrinth. It was well written and didn’t rely on racist language. The story let you feel something instead of just showing it!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sherese

    I found this book along with the "Secret Daughter: A Mixed Race Daughter and The Mother Who Gave Her Away" by June Cross while I was searching for another book on Amazon.com. Both of these books were listed as a recommendation, so I read some reviews antheyd then placed a hold on both books at my local library. I'm not a huge fan of short stories I find they often fall flat of complete story telling. I like to have a beginning, middle and an end in a story and I find that most short stories do n I found this book along with the "Secret Daughter: A Mixed Race Daughter and The Mother Who Gave Her Away" by June Cross while I was searching for another book on Amazon.com. Both of these books were listed as a recommendation, so I read some reviews antheyd then placed a hold on both books at my local library. I'm not a huge fan of short stories I find they often fall flat of complete story telling. I like to have a beginning, middle and an end in a story and I find that most short stories do not have all three. Personally, I also find short stories read more like poetry ( which I have absolutely no interest in and never have in all my years) or the interpetation of a an abstract painting. That might sound completely ridiculous to everyone else, but it's makes perfect sense to me. After reading most short stories, poetry or looking at abstract or avantgarde art, I always seem to come to this question-- " What they heck ( my nice word) were they trying to say with this piece?". Shakespeare ( many of his works that I love) I get, Jane Austen & Bronte Sisters ( and other Victorian novelists) whose classic novels I was forced in my all girl school I get. Even though I may not have liked their novels. I don't know maybe I'm just not that deep or intellectual, but in either case I found all but maybe two or three stories in this antholoy missed the mark on delivering any relevant commentary on the multiracial experience. Unfortunately, I already returned this book back to the library so I can't remember titles of the stories in which I enjoyed. Worthwhile read towards the end of the book -- Story of young girls, one Nigerian and the other half-Ghanaian/half-European in boarding school in England. Pertinent & Thought provoking.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ciara

    i stumbled across this at the library & decided to check it out. it's an anthology of stories from various authors that relate in some way to being mixed race. the stories really cover a wide spectrum when it comes to genre & interpreting the subject matter, which is sometimes good & sometimes bad. writing these reviews has compelled me to understand that i have some kind of mental block against anything excessively fanciful & impressionistic, which is probably why i don't like a lot of sci-fi/f i stumbled across this at the library & decided to check it out. it's an anthology of stories from various authors that relate in some way to being mixed race. the stories really cover a wide spectrum when it comes to genre & interpreting the subject matter, which is sometimes good & sometimes bad. writing these reviews has compelled me to understand that i have some kind of mental block against anything excessively fanciful & impressionistic, which is probably why i don't like a lot of sci-fi/fantasy stuff. quite a few stories in this book could fit that description (though in a more literary way than most genre fiction...though i picture most sci-fi genre fiction being along the lines of "star trek" serials & "dr. who" books). i clearly recall one story about a sullen teenager who is part bull or whatever the fuck that beast who resides in the middle of the labyrinth is. he has some issues that stem from looking different, having horns, & all, so he orders in pizza & the poor pizza delivery guy has to follow the thread to get through the labyrinth & deliver the pizza. another story is about a pioneer family in which the father is also one of those mythic half-bull/half-man creatures (what the hell are they called? i know i know this, i read "bullfinch's mythology" like eight thousand times as a child) & he pulls his family's wagon on the wagon trail until the caravan starts to fall apart & the other pioneer dudes become restless at the thought of having a mythical beast hanging around. so that is where the three stars come in. excellent premise, some excellent stories--i just wished that the theme had perhaps not been interpreted quite so broadly. but i'm sure other people would be all about it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

    Read this as I was preparing to lead a multi-ethnic track at an ethnicity conference. The book is an anthology of bi/multi-ethnic authors writing fictional accounts that reflect the multi-ethnic experience. What I appreciated was the ability of fiction to highlight certain tension points and frustrations and experiences of the authors. Some authors even use fantasy (e.g. the Minotaur story told from his perspective... living in neither world and thus set apart and alone) to make a point. However Read this as I was preparing to lead a multi-ethnic track at an ethnicity conference. The book is an anthology of bi/multi-ethnic authors writing fictional accounts that reflect the multi-ethnic experience. What I appreciated was the ability of fiction to highlight certain tension points and frustrations and experiences of the authors. Some authors even use fantasy (e.g. the Minotaur story told from his perspective... living in neither world and thus set apart and alone) to make a point. However, I felt that none of the stories really did more than make interesting comments about the experience, and I did not find it constructive in that sense. Sometimes the story were a little too abstract for me personally as well.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    Though I had to put it down a lot to get to other things, I thought this book was pretty solid. Contemporary collections of short fiction always freak me out, because whether they're solo attempts or anthologies, they're usually so bad and so purple. But nearly everything in here was really good, and I could swear I read "Unacknowledged" somewhere else, but it must have been published later, because there's nothing in the copyrights to suggest that. Help! Though I had to put it down a lot to get to other things, I thought this book was pretty solid. Contemporary collections of short fiction always freak me out, because whether they're solo attempts or anthologies, they're usually so bad and so purple. But nearly everything in here was really good, and I could swear I read "Unacknowledged" somewhere else, but it must have been published later, because there's nothing in the copyrights to suggest that. Help!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jill Sergeant

    As the white parent of a biracial young adult, I found most of the stories in this anthology very absorbing with plenty of food for thought. They cover many different aspects of the bi & multiracial experience and though there's a tendency towards negative perspectives, it's got a few with positive perspectives as well, that provide some balance. I've reviewed it on my blog: http://maamej.wordpress.com/2014/10/0... As the white parent of a biracial young adult, I found most of the stories in this anthology very absorbing with plenty of food for thought. They cover many different aspects of the bi & multiracial experience and though there's a tendency towards negative perspectives, it's got a few with positive perspectives as well, that provide some balance. I've reviewed it on my blog: http://maamej.wordpress.com/2014/10/0...

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nat Smith

    I'm scared that this is gonna piss me off. but here goes.. Nope, not pissed off. I think Iwould rather analysis and memoir on this topic than short fiction. But, I was introduced to some folks who i hope will be new authors for me, so that was good. there's not enough stuff in the world about being mixed, so I'll take it. and I love Wayde Compton I'm scared that this is gonna piss me off. but here goes.. Nope, not pissed off. I think Iwould rather analysis and memoir on this topic than short fiction. But, I was introduced to some folks who i hope will be new authors for me, so that was good. there's not enough stuff in the world about being mixed, so I'll take it. and I love Wayde Compton

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jocelyn

    Already I'm wary, presuming the promo copy reflects the book's [political:] framework as the editor and contributors envisioned. To read alongside Amalgamation Schemes: Antiblackness and the Critique of Multiracialism, by Jared Sexton (Note: halfway through Sexton's book, and so far I've found his theory and writing breathtaking, paradigm-shifting and intellectually fearless). Already I'm wary, presuming the promo copy reflects the book's [political:] framework as the editor and contributors envisioned. To read alongside Amalgamation Schemes: Antiblackness and the Critique of Multiracialism, by Jared Sexton (Note: halfway through Sexton's book, and so far I've found his theory and writing breathtaking, paradigm-shifting and intellectually fearless).

  18. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    It's good for people to understand the diversity of experiences for people of mixed heritage - both within similar mixes, and among different ones. I read this while living in Maui, fittingly enough... It's good for people to understand the diversity of experiences for people of mixed heritage - both within similar mixes, and among different ones. I read this while living in Maui, fittingly enough...

  19. 5 out of 5

    Wednesday

    I never knew being "mixed" could be so downright depressing. Had some high expectations going into the book, the introduction was very uplifting - to bad it seemed to be the most optimistic writing in the book. I never knew being "mixed" could be so downright depressing. Had some high expectations going into the book, the introduction was very uplifting - to bad it seemed to be the most optimistic writing in the book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Pamela

    YES FINALLY I'M SO PSYCHED YES FINALLY I'M SO PSYCHED

  21. 5 out of 5

    Bekka

    I'm a girl who can't stand short stories and I've got to say this collection was great! I'm a girl who can't stand short stories and I've got to say this collection was great!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Teen

    These stories express the myriad identities of the emerging age.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Willow

    An excellent read of a collective fiction by various young and highly laudable authors. Some of the stories were very poignant and striking.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mckinley Williams

    too early to tell. try back later.

  25. 4 out of 5

    danni

    Like every anthology not every story is stellar, but this one is quite good overall. Happy to keep this by my bedside to pick up and peruse every so often.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Sad and beautiful stories of unique human beings whose lives are complicated by the racialization of this world.

  27. 5 out of 5

    jane

    A great introduction to some unknown authors. A unique perspective on the multicultural experience.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Wendolyn

    Recommendation: Enjoyed Emily Raboteau's short story, "Kavita Through Glass" in The Best American Short Stories 2003. Recommendation: Enjoyed Emily Raboteau's short story, "Kavita Through Glass" in The Best American Short Stories 2003.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Dani

    Really great anthology. Lots of new (to me) authors and a couple of gems of stories that I'm sure will stick with me for quite some time. It's nice as someone of mixed racial/ethnic background (particularly as someone whose closest friends do not share that same background) to be reminded that there are other people out there living similar experiences. Who get it. And while I do not share a lot of the same experiences as the characters in these stories there are underlying themes that are so fam Really great anthology. Lots of new (to me) authors and a couple of gems of stories that I'm sure will stick with me for quite some time. It's nice as someone of mixed racial/ethnic background (particularly as someone whose closest friends do not share that same background) to be reminded that there are other people out there living similar experiences. Who get it. And while I do not share a lot of the same experiences as the characters in these stories there are underlying themes that are so familiar.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Some excellent pieces and some less than excellent but still good pieces collected in this anthology by multi-racial authors. I did need to jump between this and other reading material (I usually can't read a whole anthology straight through) so I didn't finish before the library loan renewal was concluded. Will return to later. Some excellent pieces and some less than excellent but still good pieces collected in this anthology by multi-racial authors. I did need to jump between this and other reading material (I usually can't read a whole anthology straight through) so I didn't finish before the library loan renewal was concluded. Will return to later.

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