The Office of Historical Corrections

Danielle Evans


Sharp and funny, brilliant and prescient: a new collection of short stories that offer a dazzling insight into the subjects of race, grief, apology, and American history.

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ISBN: 9781529059458 Category:

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Weight 0.208 kg
Dimensions 19.7 × 12.9 × 1.8 cm










Short stories


813.6 (edition:23)


General – Trade / Code: K


‘Brilliant . . . These stories are sly and prescient, a nuanced reflection of the world we are living in.’ – Roxane Gay

‘Evans is blessed with perfect pitch.’ – Tayari Jones

‘Sublime short stories of race, grief, and belonging . . . an extraordinary new collection.’
New Yorker

Danielle Evans is widely acclaimed for her blisteringly smart voice and X-ray insights into complex human relationships. With The Office of Historical Corrections, Evans zooms in on particular moments and relationships in her characters’ lives in a way that allows them to speak to larger issues of race, culture, and history.

We meet Black and multi-racial characters who are experiencing the universal confusions of lust and love, and getting walloped by grief – all while exploring how history haunts us, personally and collectively. Ultimately, she provokes us to think about the truths of American history – about who gets to tell them, and the cost of setting the record straight.

In ‘Boys Go to Jupiter’ a white college student tries to reinvent herself after a photo of her in a Confederate-flag bikini goes viral. In ‘Richard of York Gave Battle in Vain’ a photojournalist is forced to confront her own losses while attending an old friend’s unexpectedly dramatic wedding. And in the eye-opening title novella, a Black scholar from Washington DC is drawn into a complex historical mystery that spans generations and puts her job, her love life, and her oldest friendship at risk.


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