Marlon James waits on a phone call from his unsung detective mother. Tracy K. Smith tells her daughter to stay wild a little while longer. Patrick Modiano conjures a woman paid to watch a neglected child in Paris. Valeria Luiselli helps children seeking asylum in the U.S. explain why they left home. Mo Yan imagines a couple trying to hide their second child from Chinese officials. Aminatta Forna discovers what it is like to have a mixed-race family in America. Alexander Chee caters for a wealthy family who treat their art better than their matron. Sunjeev Sahota recalls his extended family and their seemingly casual treatment of key details like birthdates and who married whom. Claire Vaye Watkins writes about the rage and blues of postpartum motherhood. Angela Flournoy remembers the year her grandfather came to live with her in Compton. Book jacket.
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