Drinking Coffee Elsewhere by ZZ Packer
A black, motherless loner tries to come to terms with her radically unfamiliar surroundings as a Yale freshman.
14-year-old church girl Tia runs away to the big city.
A bright young man makes a last-ditch attempt to understand his loser father on the Million Man March in Washington DC.
At summer camp, an all-black Brownie troop decide to teach a troop of white Brownies a lesson for a racial insult they think they overheard.
Teeming with life, Drinking Coffee Elsewhere is a collection that explores what it is to be human.
Never neatly resolved, these provocative and unforgettable stories resonate with honesty and wry humour and introduce us to a major new talent.