Tales of Two Americas

STORIES OF INEQUALITY IN A DIVIDED NATION


Edited by JOHN FREEMAN

With contributions from: JULIA ALVAREZ, EULA BISS, SANDRA CISNEROS, EDWIDGE DANTICAT, RAYMOND DEEREN, ANNIE DILLARD, ANTHONY DOERR, TIMOTHY EGAN, PATRICIA ENGEL, RU FREEMAN, ROXANE GAY, DAGOBERTO GILB, JUAN FELIPE HERRERA, LAWRENCE JOSEPH, RICKEY LAURENTIIS, KIESE LAYMON, NAMI MUN, MANUEL MUÑOZ, JOYCE CAROL OATES, CHRIS OFFUTT, ANN PATCHETT, KIRSTIN VALDEZ QUADE, JESS RULIFSON, KAREN RUSSELL, DANEZ SMITH, REBECCA SOLNIT, SARAH SMARSH, WHITNEY TERRELL, HECTOR TOBAR, CLAIRE VAYE WATKINS, BRAD WATSON, LARRY WATSON, JOY WILLIAMS, and KEVIN YOUNG.


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Expected release May 2017 • Paperback ISBN 978-1-682190-81-4 • E-book ISBN 978-1-682190-82-1

Praise for Tales of Two Cities

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“A bristling portrayal of New York in the tradition of Jacob Riis.” —Guernica

“Above all else, the anthology, full of pieces varied in tone and deeply personal perspectives, helps convey the reality of today’s economic inequality in ways that an academic tome simply can’t. ” —Sheila Bapat, Feministing

“Beautifully careworn.” —Flavorwire

Growing inequality is today a world-wide phenomenon. But it is at its most acute in the “world cities” where the rich choose to live (or invest their fortunes in real estate). Nowhere is this more evident than New York City, where the top 1% earns upwards of $500,000/year, while 22,000 children are homeless.

What does this chasm of wealth feel like to people who live and work in NYC? The stories in Tales of Two Cities mix fiction and reportage to convey the indignities and heartbreak, the callousness and solidarities, of living side-by-side with people who have a stupefyingly different income. Find out more