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Sidik Fofana

Autor(a) de Stories from the Tenants Downstairs

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Stories to reconnect you to people, in the best way. Pointed, complex, honest.
 
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Kiramke | 12 outras críticas | Jan 5, 2024 |
4.5. Just really well written short stories, each written from the first person perspective of a different resident of a single New York City apartment building where new owners are trying to evict people behind on rent. The writing is well done in terms of giving a genuinely very different voice to each person - the weakest one is written in the form of a letter by a kid who's bad at writing but it's still alright. You get in their head and really feel for them.

For most of the stories there's a pretty similar theme - the daily struggle to survive, trying to get joy where you can find it, the attempts to get somewhere slightly better and the inevitability that a single bad moment will screw up all your plans. The stories are almost all pretty downbeat in that sense but they're not depressing exactly (well, mostly - there's one with a total downer ending). Even at the end when your plans have failed it's like, fuck it, tomorrow is another day.

Obviously I dunno how *realistic* what's depicted here is but the author is great at really showing all the details and small moments that really make it feel real. It made sense at the end when I read that he's a public school teacher - the schools scenes are very well detailed in ways that are recognisable. Overall just a really great book.
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tombomp | 12 outras críticas | Oct 31, 2023 |
This book opened my eyes in many ways. The characters, the voices, the situations, the motives . . . For those of us who have never faced eviction or discrimination, please read. We need to start changing the conversation.
 
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DonnaMarieMerritt | 12 outras críticas | Oct 28, 2023 |
Fantastic collection! My favorites were Rent Manual and Ms. Dallas.
 
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parasolofdoom | 12 outras críticas | Oct 3, 2023 |

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