The World Doesn't Require You: Stories (Hardcover)
World, here is the mythical African-American town of Cross River, Maryland, where the son of God plays in a jazz band, an indentured robot in blackface escapes his master, and two academics are locked in an emotional power struggle. Scott’s eleven stories and one novella contain wildly inventive scenes and distinctive characters, set in an alternate reality that uncannily reflects our own. Darkly comic yet searingly credible, these tales defy conventional genres. Mesmerizing and challenging, they brilliantly play with themes of race, religion, violence, and self-discovery. Be brave, world; go there. -Erica
Kirkus Reviews - Best Short Fiction of 2019
Library Journal - Best Books of 2019 (Short Stories)
Esquire - Most Anticipated Books of 2019
Longlisted for the Aspen Words Literary Prize
The World Doesn't Require You announces the arrival of a generational talent, as Rion Amilcar Scott shatters rigid genre lines to explore larger themes of religion, violence, and love--all told with sly humor and a dash of magical realism.