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The Brass Bed and Other Stories [Paperback]

Pearl Cleage

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Book Description

Feb. 1 1991
Readers will be enlightened by this chronicle of common experiences from the author of Mad At Miles and Deals With The Devil.

In The Brass Bed, a collection of autobiographical short stories, Cleage engages the reader in refreshing prose/poetry which reconciles gender consciousness with the collective African American experience.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 103 pages
  • Publisher: Third World Press (Feb. 1 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0883781271
  • ISBN-13: 978-0883781272
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g

Product Description

From Library Journal

This magnificent and totally original book highlights the emotional battles that blacks will recognize from their own lives in a racist society. As she offers glimpses in her stories of her personal experiences, like her family's migration from south to north, she sends the message that unless you have self-knowledge others can make you become what they desire you to be. She also reminds us that a person without a past is a person without an identity. The richness of this black writer's prose weaves a delicate thread throughout this appealing collection, which will acquaint its readers not only with life's everyday dilemmas but with distinct experiences within the black community itself. Rec ommended.
- Gayle Leach, Wayne State Univ., Detroit
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Pearl Cleage teaches playwrighting at Spelman College. She is also a cofounder of the literary magazine Catalyst and writes a column for the Atlanta Tribune.

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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  3 reviews
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A master story teller...Kudos to Ms. Cleage. March 14 2005
By BMAR - Published on Amazon.com
Pearl Cleage is a master story teller as is evident in this collection of short stories. She weaves interesting tales that masterfully explore the often explored topic of racism. Though an often explored topic, Ms. Cleage handles it with expertise that lends itself to a wonderful product. We see deep into her characters and how their personal self images interweave with interactions with the outside world to form various "shades" of racism and self perception.

This is a short collection...but oh so sweet.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Brass Bed and Other Stories July 5 2006
By Teece - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Pearl Cleage is a WONDERFUL storyteller. Her short stories

here echo the warm, authentic voice readers of her novels

have come to know and love.
5.0 out of 5 stars Cleage's shared experiences July 8 2008
By Edwina Putney - Published on Amazon.com
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As a fan of her writing, I was prepared to read a collection of short fiction stories but was pleasantly surprised to find that The Brass Bed and Other Stories is an insight into the author's life and mind. And as a baby boomer, like Ms. Cleage, I was totally captivated by her musings, insightful remembrances of famous blacks, and her own experiences. It was sensitive, lyrical, yet quite compelling.

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