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Insurrections: Stories (University Press of Kentucky New Poetry & Prose) (Hardcover)

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An amazing debut from Rion Scott! Each story is a beautiful, dark, often despairing look at the overlapping lives of residents of this small Maryland town. In Cross River, your neighbors know more than you let on and their actions leave lasting scars. Scott deadpans humor in the midst of the darkest moments of Insurrections. -Wintaye's September Staff Pick, 2016

— From Wintaye's Reading List

The Left Bank Book Box Pick, August 2016

These 13 stories take place in the fictional Cross River, MD. A largely black town formed in the early 19th century following a slave revolt. My favorite story is “Juba”. On his way to a job interview with an accounting firm, the narrator is mistaken for the infamous drug dealer, Juba, and is arrested. He is released and decides to track Juba down and finds that Juba doesn’t just deal drugs but plays an important role in conserving the culture of Cross River. What starts out with a frank, in your face scene becomes a very transforming story that I loved! - randy

— From The Left Bank Book Box, 2016


A suicidal father looks to an older neighbor-and the Cookie Monster-for salvation and sanctuary as his life begins to unravel. A man seeking to save his estranged, drug-addicted brother from the city's underbelly confronts his own mortality. A chess match between a girl and her father turns into a master class about life, self-realization, and pride: "Now hold on little girl. . . . Chess is like real life. The white pieces go first so they got an advantage over the black pieces." These are just a few glimpses into the world of the residents of the fictional town of Cross River, Maryland, a largely black settlement founded in 1807 after the only successful slave revolt in the United States. Raw, edgy, and unrelenting yet infused with forgiveness, redemption, and humor, the stories in this collection explore characters suffering the quiet tragedies of everyday life and fighting for survival. In Insurrections, Rion Amilcar Scott's lyrical prose authentically portrays individuals growing up and growing old in an African American community. Writing with a delivery and dialect that are intense and unapologetically current, Scott presents characters who dare to make their own choices-choices of kindness or cruelty-in the depths of darkness and hopelessness. Although Cross River's residents may be halted or deterred in their search for fulfillment, their spirits remain resilient-always evolving and constantly moving.

About the Author

Rion Amilcar Scott teaches English at Bowie State University. He earned an MFA at George Mason University, where he won both the Mary Roberts Rinehart Award and a Completion Fellowship. His work has appeared in publications such as the Kenyon Review, Crab Orchard Review, PANK, The Rumpus, Fiction International, the Washington City Paper, The Toast, and Confrontation.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780813168180
ISBN-10: 081316818X
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Publication Date: August 16th, 2016
Pages: 208
Language: English
Series: University Press of Kentucky New Poetry & Prose