Coffee Break

There are authors I love because of their personalities–the lives they lead/led. Take, for example, James Baldwin and Zora Neale Hurston (I so want to be like her when I grow up. That woman lived the life she wanted to live with little regard for expectations any one person, institution or society put on her. I’m practicing.) Then there are writers whose personal lives I know less about because they’re a bit more guarded about their personal lives or I’ve been too lazy to discover more, but I love them for their work. That would be J. California Cooper (my hero), Donald Miller and ZZ Packer. (If I could, I’d be Packer’s eraser holder.)

The short stories in ZZ Packer’s “Drinking Coffee Elsewhere” are sublime. They’re so wonderful, in fact, most of the people I know should read them. I decided I’d do a little web surfing to find out if the author had anything hitting shelves soon. Imagine my delight when I realized “Coffee” is available on Google books. Lucky you! (I have my own copy, of course.) Take your literarily astute self here.

Oh! Packer was one of The New Yorker’s 20 Under 40 Fiction. The magazine featured her story, “Dayward” in June. It’s here.


~ by MsInklination on October 1, 2010.

2 Responses to “Coffee Break”

  1. Hey! I read this book when you recommended it to me months ago. I loved it. It made me search out other collections of short stories. The one that I have to be great is A Taste of Honey by Jabari Asim. Read it, you should find the stories entertaining. If you don’t that’s just one more thing we have to discuss when I see you.

  2. I bought this book back when it first came out and I have tried hard to like it, but I have just been unable to connect with it. I thought picking it up a few years later, my intellectual pallet would be refined some how. I did kind of like “Geese.” Maybe with your recommendation it’s time to try again.

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