The Office of Historical Corrections
'Sublime short stories of race, grief, and belonging . . . an extraordinary new collection'
'Evans’s new stories present rich plots reflecting on race relations, grief, and love'
New York Times, Editor’s Choice
‘Brilliant . . . These stories are sly and prescient, a nuanced reflection of the world we are living in’
Danielle Evans is widely acclaimed for her blisteringly smart voice and X-ray insights into complex human relationships. With The Office of Historical Corrections, Evans zooms in on particular moments and relationships in her characters’ lives in a way that allows them to speak to larger issues of race, culture, and history.
We meet Black and multi-racial characters who are experiencing the universal confusions of lust and love, and getting walloped by grief – all while exploring how history haunts us, personally and collectively. Ultimately, she provokes us to think about the truths of American history – about who gets to tell them, and the cost of setting the record straight.
In ‘Boys Go to Jupiter’ a white college student tries to reinvent herself after a photo of her in a Confederate flag bikini goes viral. In ‘Richard of York Gave Battle in Vain’ a photojournalist is forced to confront her own losses while attending an old friend’s unexpectedly dramatic wedding. And in the eye-opening title novella, a Black scholar from Washington DC is drawn into a complex historical mystery that spans generations and puts her job, her love life, and her oldest friendship at risk.
A dazzling dissection of our twisted attitudes about race, culture, history, and truth.
Each story in this superb collection offers an observation of modern life that feels urgent and vital, and confirms Evans’ place as one of the most electric and insightful voices writing today.
There’s an elegant, barely suppressed emotional explosiveness to Danielle Evans’s sublime storytelling. . . Fear and fierceness, grief and grievance push-pull Evans’s complex, entirely convincing characters in every conceivable direction.