I love this collection. In these stories, Brinkley turns his (male) gaze upon the male gaze itself. And what happens, necessarily, is a ripping of seams. It's extraordinary. Like an ouroboros effect, but one that feels like it's actually getting somewhere. Equally astonishing is the warmth in telling, wherein no honesty gets lost. About coming of age, family, friendship, masculinity (its pitfalls), Blackness in America, and growth. Oh, and the writing is absolutely stunning too.
A Lucky Man by Jamel Brinkley ($26.00*, Graywolf Press), recommended by Avid Bookshop, Athens, GA.