In ev­ery story of Nana Kwame Ad­jei-Brenyah’s

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de­but col­lec­tion, Fri­day Black, char­ac­ters con­front the bleaker re­al­i­ties of Amer­i­can life—racism, con­sumerism, com­mod­i­fi­ca­tion of the body—and reckon with the con­se­quences of these is­sues on our hu­man­ity. The sto­ries in the col­lec­tion, which will be pub­lished in Oc­to­ber by Mariner Books, have a dystopian bent and are told with dark hu­mor and a clear-eyed un­der­stand­ing of hu­man fail­ings. “Peo­ple say ‘sell your soul’ like it’s easy,” says the nar­ra­tor in one story. “But your soul is yours and it’s not for sale. Even if you try, it’ll still be there, wait­ing for you to re­mem­ber it.” Ad­jei-Brenyah has pub­lished work in Print­ers Row, Gravel, and the five jour­nals below.

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