Whispers in the walls: new black and Asian voices from Birmingham

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Tindal Street, Oct 1, 2001 - Fiction - 224 pages
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Seventeen candid, refreshing stories tell the story of lives rarely seen in an unflinching tone that will challenge and delight Letters across the ocean tell a family’s story spanning 29 years…A young Asian wife battles the silence that threatens her…In St Kitts, a son tries to pick the lock of his father’s reserve…When cousin Jasvir visits, the world changes for a ten-year-old boy…70s Rasta rhythms reverberate through a teenage love affair…In a defiant return to church, Lauren shows what she’s made of…

Here are 17 stories from the pens and hearts of black and Asian writers in Birmingham. Stories that must be heard: tender whispers of family and rites of passage, harsher whispers of hurt and conflict – the emotions seep into the very walls around us. Sometimes these walls feel like barriers, but still the stories pervade the city and help define its uniqueness. Whispers in the Walls not only illuminates the lives of black and Asian people in Birmingham but addresses all communities – sometimes in rage, sometimes in joy. Refreshing, candid, funny and alive with rhythm – talented voices speak out with diversity and intensity. We tell the stories that show we are here.

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Leone Ross is the author of All the Blood Is Red and Orange Laughter, as well as the short fiction anthologies Brown Sugar: A Collection of Black Erotica, Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora, and Time Out London Short Stories, Volume 2.

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