Break Any Woman Down : Stories by Dana Johnson
In the title story, La Donna is a black stripper whose white boyfriend, an actor in adult movies, insists that she stop stripping. In ""Melvin in the Sixth Grade,"" eleven-year-old Avery has a crush on a white boy from Oklahoma who, like Avery, is an outsider in their suburban Los Angeles school. ""Markers"" is as much about a woman's relationship with her mother as it is about the dissolution of her relationship with an older Italian man.
Dana Johnson has an intuitive sense of character and a gift for creating authentic voices. She effortlessly captures the rhythmic vernaculars of Los Angeles, the American South, and various immigrant communities as she brings to life the sometimes heavyhearted, but always persevering, souls who live there.
- Paperback | 168 pages
- 133 x 203 x 9.91mm | 199.58g
- 30 Oct 2012
- University of Georgia Press
- Georgia, United States
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01 Feb 2018
--Library Journal A subtle and sometimes compelling vision of Los Angeleno life.
--Kirkus Reviews You can hear Johnson's voices ringing long after you put the stories down; you feel purged and rested and in the company of good friends, not strangers. No character could stay a stranger long in this writer's hands.
--Los Angeles Times Book Review A wonderful collection of vivid tales told in fresh voices, Break Any Woman Down showcases Dana Johnson's gift to render with authenticity a range of ages, nationalities, and perspectives with a verve that leaves the reader wanting more.
--Janet McDonald "author of Project Girl " The stories in Break Any Woman Down are sexy, beautiful, and electric. Dana Johnson inhabits her characters' lives with sympathy and grace, giving voice to a chorus of non-Hollywood Los Angelenos. Through their stories, these characters reveal their hearts to us and . . . we see our own. This is an exciting and gorgeous literary debut.
--Jonathan Ames> "author of The Extra Man "
About Dana Johnson