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Pearl Abraham
Edwidge Danticat
Danzy Senna
Cecilia Tan
<author of The End of Alice (Simon & Schuster, 1997) and Music for Torching (William Morrow, 1999)>
First, I'll carry Grace Paley's Collected Stories (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1994), truly for her gracefulness. And for the things that she can tell us about ourselves. Grace manages to catch the things that we often ignore. The thing that's important for us to carry into the next century is the ability to pay attention. And she does that wonderfully. I will also carry Richard Yates. I guess I would have to choose his Revolutionary Road (Vintage, 1989), for its unflinching ability to illustrate the depth of human nature--or the desperateness of human nature. In this book, Yates is heartbreakingly accurate at describing marriage and family in the twentieth century. It's the perfect rendering of how a person can feel lonely with another person. He catches us at our most exposed and there's no effort to make us look better than we are. As shocking as his work was when it first came out, I think it's even more so now. Today, people expect everything to look good, and I think it's important to smash that.
Last, I'll carry the work of Angela Carter, an intellectual firecracker of an English writer who died in 1992. Her work is in a volume called Shaking a Leg: Collected Writings (Penguin, 1998). As strange and surrealistic as her writing can be, it is also prophetic. It's magical and mystical and disquieting in its depiction of the world run amok--which we're constantly on the verge of. Her work was feminist, too, in that she was always playing with identity. She's someone who we're leaving behind, and I don't want that to happen.

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