✍️ The Office of Historical Corrections by Danielle Evans⁠

👩🏿 In this collection of 6 short stories and one novella, the author revisits common themes and issues, approaching them from a different point of view. The storytelling is very diverse and it reflects on some of the main challenges of contemporary America: race, injustice, violence, culture, gender roles, and what it is to be a woman, particularly a black woman. ⁠

♥️ I liked:⁠
✍️ The novella. The Office of Historical Corrections is about a government agency that corrects historical inaccuracies, leading to accusations of distorting history for liberal purposes. Cassie, a young Black scholar, is sent to investigate a correction done by her life-long rival. The two women confront the truth while confronting their relationship at the same time. ⁠
💕 I loved the set-up and the story behind this novella. It develops on so many different layers: the personal issues between the two women, manipulation of history for political purposes, racism… I found it really interesting and well written.⁠
✨ The short story Boys Go To Jupiter. The main character is Claire, a white student labelled as racist after a photo of herself wearing a Confederate bikini goes viral. She tries to defend her actions, but she only manages to make things worse. When we discover her background, we learn more about her, but is it enough to sympathise with her? ⁠

⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4/5 In general, I am starting to appreciate short stories much more. I’ve never been a big fan, but now I’m beginning to understand how difficult it is to write good ones and how much more they make you think. ⁠

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s