Every single one of these stories will leave you breathless, the air caught in your chest from the unexpected turn, the lurch that sends a story over the edge of greatness.
Blistering in their exploration of humanity, these stories explore the nuance of our modern world alongside the complexity of relationships between people and with ourselves. The protagonists are all women, every one of them a full human being who refuses to be different than who they are, even if doing so would please other people—especially if it would please other people. Even if they’re broken, Evans allows her characters to be unapologetically authentic.
This, alongside plots with verve and confidently nimble prose, is what makes Evans’s storytelling masterful.
The award-winning author of Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self brings her signature voice and insight to the subjects of race, grief, apology, and American history.
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. She introduces us to 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.