Drinking Coffee Elsewhere by ZZ Packer

Drinking Coffee Elsewhere

ZZ Packer

Eight lyrical and witty short stories telling tales of African Americans with very different lives: Baptists, brownies, trainee teachers and runaways. As each story ended, I couldn't wait to start the next. An easy and enjoyable read.

Extract

By our second day at Camp Crescendo, the girls in my Brownie troop had decided to kick the asses of each and every girl in Brownie Troop 909. Troop 909 was doomed from the first day of camp; they were white girls, their complexions a blend of ice cream: strawberry, vanilla. They turtled out from their bus in pairs, their rolled up sleeping bags chromatized with Disney characters: Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Mickey Mouse; or the generic ones cheap parents bought: washed-out rainbows, unicorns, curly eyelashed frogs.

Parallels
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison
  • A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You by Amy Bloom
  • Bread and Chocolate by Philippa Gregory

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