The World Doesn't Require You: Stories

The World Doesn't Require You: Stories

Established by the leaders of the country’s only successful slave revolt in the mid-nineteenth century, Cross River still evokes the fierce rhythms of its founding. In lyrical prose and singular dialect, a saga beats forward that echoes the fables carried down for generations—like the screecher birds who swoop down for their periodic sacrifice, and the water women who lure...

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Title:The World Doesn't Require You: Stories
Author:Rion Amilcar Scott
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  • Michelle
    Review to come....
  • Andre
    Quirky, in an Ishmael Reed kind of way. A heavy helping of satire with a steady stream of wisdom. This short story collection is unlike any I’ve read in recent memory, mainly because it is so left field in a positive way. That magical realism pops up here (more and more becoming a thing in fict...
  • Hannah Brown
    "My only need: to stand as I did, not in perfection, nor in mastery, nor even in competence, but in constant work and growth." "Ugly words carelessly arranged can derange us just like beautiful words in beautiful order. Ugly derangement saps us and depletes us, devolves us to our base selves, rips f...
  • Viral
    Edit (8/1/19): This review was initially posted on 6/9/19, but after seeing it get shouted out by Goodreads I've seen a review bomb effort undertaken by some dummy accounts giving this book 1 star ratings. I just wanted to let people know that, since I posted one of the earliest reviews of this book...
  • Annie
    Rion Amilcar Scott’s story collection, The World Doesn’t Require You, is one of the most astonishingly smart collections I’ve ever read. I don’t think I’ve read anything as brutally intelligent as Scott’s stories. Even before I finished the book, I wanted to gather all ...
  • Kimberley
    I opted to sit with this book awhile before deciding to write a review. Prior to reading this work, I had never heard of Rion Amilcar Scott, nor had I any knowledge of his debut Insurrections. The book was chosen for its cover--which is absolutely captivating--and its blurb: I was intrigued by the c...
  • Lalaa
    I was hooked from the very first story. This book grabbed me and spoke to me in a way that no book has done in a truly long time. This collection of essays covers coming of age and fables stories all wrapped into a beautiful collection that explores slavery, love, and connection mixed in with Africa...
  • Sharon
    "It’s true. Every word of it. Even the parts I made up. Especially the parts I made up." The essays from The World Doesn't Require You include biblical updates, coming of age stories, new fables, and more. The tales explore African American history, slavery, power, love, personal connections, a...

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