Tales of Two Americas

Tales of Two Americas

Stories of Inequality in A Divided Nation

Book - 2017
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"Thirty-six major contemporary writers examine life in a deeply divided America, including: Rebecca Solnit, Hector Tobar, Joyce Carol Oates, Edwidge Danticat, Richard Russo, Eula Biss, Karen Russell, and many more. America is broken. You don't need a fistful of statistics to know this. Visit any city, and evidence of our shattered social compact will present itself. From Appalachia to the Rust Belt and down to rural Texas, the gap between the wealthiest and the poorest stretches to unimaginable chasms. Whether the cause of this inequality is systemic injustice, the entrenchment of racism in our culture, the long war on drugs, or immigration policies, it endangers not only the American Dream but our very lives. In Tales of Two Americas, some of the literary world's most exciting writers look beyond numbers and wages to convey what it feels like to live in this divided nation. Their extraordinarily powerful stories, essays, and poems demonstrate how boundaries break down when experiences are shared, and that in sharing our stories we can help to alleviate a suffering that touches so many people"--Page 4 of cover.
Publisher: New York, New York : Penguin Books, 2017
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780143131038
Characteristics: xviii, 330 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Freeman, John 1974-


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