In this hip, vital, and sexy debut, winner of the 2001 Flannery O???Connor Award for Short Fiction, Dana Johnson launches a fleet of wonderful stories across unexpected terrain, upending notions of race, class and gender in utterly original ways.,An eleven-year-old black girl from South Central LA discovers the strangeness of moving to the suburbs and falling in love with a white boy. A pair of enthusiastic middle-aged Iranian sisters debate whether or not their futures hold children. A punk musician falls for a girl out of his league. A black lap dancer gives up her job to move in with her Greek actor boyfriend, who hasn???t managed to get roles in anything but porn movies. Whether bold or rueful, salacious or sweet, each voice in , is vibrantly authentic; together they add a fresh and welcome chorus to American literature.