By Mecca Jamilah Sullivan
Blue speak and Love’s "voice, regardless of fabric that turns out frankly
contemporary, is ironically lyrical, approximately Faulknerian."
--Rick Moody, pass judgement on for the yank brief Fiction brief tale Contest
Blue speak and Love tells the tales of ladies and ladies of colour navigating the moods and mazes of city everyday life. Set in a variety of enclaves of latest York urban — together with the middle-class Hamilton Heights component of Harlem, the black queer social international of the West Village, the Spanish-speaking borderland among Harlem and Washington Heights, and historical Tin Pan Alley — the gathering makes use of magic realism, historic fiction, satire and extra to spotlight younger black women's internal lives.
The storylines diversity extensively: a big-bodied teenage lady from Harlem discovers her sexuality in the course of racial tensions at her higher East facet university; 4 younger women from Newark, New Jersey, are charged with assaulting the fellow who threatens to rape them; a couple of conjoined black lady twins born into slavery, make their status as degree performers within the tremendous urban. In each one tale, the characters push previous what's anticipated of them, studying to have fun their voices and their lives.
"Sullivan’s prose shocks, intrigues, and transports us via fourteen crafty and certain tales. And so do her wealthy and inimitable characters, so much of them younger black ladies suffering in a global they didn't make yet one they have to confront, tear down, and remake. Black women topic and Sullivan exhibits us simply how much."
-- Cheryl Clarke, writer of Narratives: Poems within the culture of Black ladies
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A male voice said, far too close for comfort. ” He laughed, the sound rusty from disuse. ” A cool chain touched the skin on the back of her hand. Paul’s necklace. Rachel snatched for it, but missed. “So close,” he said smugly. ” The floodlights came on suddenly. Rachel blinked, temporarily blinded. “Claude? ” Gabriel asked. Rachel’s vision cleared and she saw the dark-haired man from the side street standing four feet from her. His green gaze was locked on Gabriel. ” she asked. Gabriel didn’t take his gaze off the other man when he answered.
He didn’t smile, just came to my side, his expression concerned. “Have you been here all night? ” He was paternal, a good twenty years older than me. I made a gesture of futility, not knowing how much I wanted to share and too tired to work it out. ” “No, there was a guy here . . ” I recognized immediately that Dr Bradley hadn’t seen the stranger. Just like Miriam. I stopped talking before I condemned myself. Dr Bradley cleared his throat. ” I was wary. ” “You look exhausted and have for a while.
I doubt you’ll be in the mood after I explain what really happened the night you were attacked. ” “Not much shocks me these days,” Rachel said, growing weary. ” He waited until he had her attention. ” she asked in confusion. Gabriel shook his head. “No, he was asanguis, a blood. ” Rachel slowly sat up, pulling the covers close as fear engulfed her. He was insane. She’d been so blinded by the promise of passion that she’d ignored what her gut had been telling her all along. ” His chin dropped. “You heard me.