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Author: Rion Amilcar Scott

Paperback: 384 pages

Publisher: Liveright

Copyright: 2019

Language: English

The World Doesn't Require You: Stories

Breathtakingly imaginative and unapologetically original, The World Doesn’t Require You announces a bold, generational talent.

Deftly spinning genres of his feverish literary invention, Rion Amilcar Scott creates his very own Yoknapatawpha County with fictional Cross River, Maryland.

Established by the leaders of America’s only successful slave revolt, the town still evokes the fierce rhythms of its founding.

Among its residents 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.

Culminating with an explosive novella, these haunting stories of the denizens of Cross River serve to explore larger themes of religion, violence, and love—all told with sly humor and a dash of magical realism.

Shattering rigid literary boundaries, Scott is “a necessary voice in American literature” (PEN Award citation), a writer whose storytelling gifts the world very much requires.

Author Bio :

Rion Amilcar Scott's first book, Insurrections, won the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. His work has appeared in the Kenyon Review, the Rumpus, PANK, and Confrontation, among other publications.

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