Dr. King's Refrigerator: And Other Bedtime Stories

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Simon and Schuster, Nov 1, 2007 - Fiction - 144 pages
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Charles Johnson's innovative and richly imagined collection is full of stories -- sly, witty, and insightful -- that bring the world into focus. Each is a vivid cultural and philosophical portrait that deftly explores issues of identity and race. "Kwoon" follows the spiritual journey of a martial arts teacher on Chicago's South Side. "Sweet Dreams" is a Kafkaesque tale set in a world where dreams are taxed and a man and his dreamlife are being audited. "The Gift of the Osuo" is a fable about the dangers of getting what you wish for. In "Cultural Relativity," a young woman falls in love with the son of the president of an African nation but is forbidden to ever kiss him. The title story is an illuminating and deeply human tale about pre-Montgomery Martin Luther King Jr. and a revelation he had when he looked into his refrigerator late one night.
Provocative, engaging, and compassionate, Dr. King's Refrigerator is a superb and important collection from a major American voice.

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User Review  - danhammang - LibraryThing

Johnson is an accomplished short story writer. This collection is gentle, sly and entertaining. I used it as bedtime reading. It was a great way to transition into the comfortable night. Read full review

DR. KING'S REFRIGERATOR: and Other Bedtime Stories

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Eight previously uncollected stories, most written in the last ten years, from the author best known for his National Book Award-winning Middle Passage (1990).Fantasy appears in the title story, with ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Charles Johnson is a novelist, essayist, literary scholar, philosopher, cartoonist, screenwriter, and professor emeritus at the University of Washington in Seattle. His fiction includes Dr. King’s Refrigerator, Dreamer, Faith and the Good Thing, and Middle Passage, for which he won the National Book Award. In 2002 he received the Arts and Letters Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in Seattle.

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