The world wasn't ready for you : stories
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New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2023].
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First edition.
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Rapid City Public Library - Fiction - Adult
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Published
New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2023].
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Book
Edition
First edition.
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277 pages ; 24 cm
Language
English

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Some stories have been previously published, ©2017-2023.
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Justin C. Key has long been obsessed with monsters. Reading R.L. Stine's Goosebumps as a kid, he imagined himself battling monsters and mayhem to a triumphant end. But when watching Scream 2, in which the movie's only Black couple is promptly killed off, he realized that the Black and Brown characters in his favorite genre were almost always the victim or villain--if they were portrayed at all. In The World Wasn't Ready for You, Key expands and subverts the horror genre to expertly explore issues of race, class, prejudice, love, exclusion, loneliness, and what it means to be a person in the world, while revealing the horrifying nature inherent in all of us. In the opening story, "The Perfection of Theresa Watkins," a sci-fi love story turned nightmare, a husband uses new technology to download the consciousness of his recently deceased Black wife into the body of a white woman. In "Spider King," an inmate agrees to participate in an experimental medical study offered to Black prisoners in exchange for early release, only to find his body reacting with disturbing symptoms. And in the title story, a father tries to protect his son, teaching him how to navigate a prejudiced world that does not understand him and sees him as a threat. The World Wasn't Ready for You is a gripping, provocative, and distinctly original collection that demonstrates Key's remarkable literary gifts--a skill at crafting science fiction stories equaled by an ability to sculpt characters and narrative--as well as his utterly fresh take on how genre can be used to delight, awe, frighten, and ultimately challenge our perceptions. Wildly imaginative and powerfully resonant, it introduces an unforgettable new voice in fiction.--Publisher's site.

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APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Key, J. C. (2023). The world wasn't ready for you: stories (First edition.). Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Key, Justin C.. 2023. The World Wasn't Ready for You: Stories. Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Key, Justin C.. The World Wasn't Ready for You: Stories Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2023.

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Key, Justin C.. The World Wasn't Ready for You: Stories First edition., Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2023.

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