Training School for Negro Girls

Training School for Negro Girls

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Camille Acker
The stories in this debut collection shatter monolithic assumptions of black womanhood.


Paperback Edition
ISBN: 9781936932375
Publication Date: 10-09-2018

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In her debut short story collection, Camille Acker unleashes the irony and tragic comedy of respectability onto a wide-ranging cast of characters, all of whom call Washington, DC, home. A "woke" millennial tries to fight gentrification, only to learn she's part of the problem; a grade school teacher dreams of a better DC, only to take out her frustrations on her students; and a young piano player wins a competition, only to learn the prize is worthless. 

Ultimately, they are confronted with the fact that respectability does not equal freedom. Instead, they must learn to trust their own conflicted judgment and fight to create their own sense of space and self.

“Acker navigates her characters’ lives with humor, heart, and grace. I loved these stories.”  —Lisa Ko, author of The Leavers

"A vivid, engaging book and a necessary new voice." —Robert Boswell, author of Tumbledown

"A devastating and subtle portrayal of what it is to be black and female in America: the ache, the rage, the sorrow, the unending will to rise." —Shobha Rao, author of Girls Burn Brighter