Dr. King's Refrigerator: And Other Bedtime Stories
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser 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 StoriesUser 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