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Graham, Toni 1945-

Works: 11 works in 22 publications in 1 language and 2,722 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Black humor  Periodicals 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PS3557.R2234, 813.54
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The daiquiri girls by Toni Graham( file )
4 editions published in 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,886 libraries worldwide
Stories about four modern women from San Francisco. They are sexually active, drink hard, divorce easily, yet they are unable to find happiness. In the end, they are as lonely as they were at the beginning. A debut in fiction
The Suicide Club by Toni Graham( file )
2 editions published in 2015 in Undetermined and English and held by 620 libraries worldwide
The suicide club : stories by Toni Graham( Book )
4 editions published between 2015 and 2018 in English and held by 126 libraries worldwide
"The people in these eight interlaced stories are 'bound together by the worst sort of grief, ' the kind that can devour you after someone close takes his or her own life. Wednesday evenings in Hope Springs, Oklahoma, offer the usual middle American options: TV, rec league sports, eating out, and church. For Slater, Holly, and SueAnn, it is the night their suicide survivors group meets. They once felt little else in common, aside from a curiosity about Jane, the group facilitator, but now they understand how deeply they need each other"--Provided by publisher
Waiting for Elvis : stories by Toni Graham( Book )
3 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 82 libraries worldwide
Bummer junction : stories by Elijah Johnson( file )
1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
What do they want, these characters of the town of Bummer Junction? The objects of their desires are as clear as a rain-stirred river, a roiling, laughing reflection of all their convoluted hopes and dreams. The people of Bummer Junction aim to get across that river, because they have a feeling that friendship or love or easy money await them on the other side. Some fall off the banks accidentally, while others fling themselves in, flailing. These stories do not trace a line of high achievements, but rather a variety of mud-gulping attempts not to go under and drown
Hotel Amerika ( Book )
1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Flux by Toni Graham( Archival Material )
2 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
"Sunset at dawn" or "Sky overcast". [A play.] by Toni Graham( Book )
1 edition published in 1962 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Ascent ( Book )
1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Tooth and nail by Toni Graham( Archival Material )
2 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Segments by Carol Coggin( Book )
1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Segments is fictionalized memoir structured as eight short stories, or segments of the central character's life. These autobiographical incidents begin in Redding, California, in 1947, when the central character leaves the family farm on her first day of school only to return to face the loss of her innocence. I find it ironic that boys and girls sexually abused by a parent or other family member are not considered incest victims, but incest survivors. Even if one survives the effects of incest, all subsequent perspectives and decisions are colored by loss of trust. "Praise Raleigh" is told by a third person narrator for several reasons. First, the experiences of early childhood can be too painful to remember first-hand, necessitating assignation to another person, in this case Sarah Cunningham. Second, the voice of a six year old needs a narrator with some degree of maturity and perspective, but without the emotional charge of reflection and authorial voice. The ·technique of magical realism in the incest scene was chosen for the same reason I think the German and South American originators chose it -because some things, like war, are too painful to look at straight on. The death of Sarah's innocence is a result of an unjust war between father and daughter. ''New Kid," set in San Francisco in 1957, shows the same character, now sixteen years old, trying to figure out how to fit in with her peers at a new high school. The first person narrator tells the story from a very close, immediate perspective, in present tense. She is insecure, calculating, manipulative, but somewhat successful in what she considers to be important - to make friends as quickly as possible in order to fit in and feel normal. "Dear Mark" is in epistolary form as an amends to a child the mother gave up for adoption at birth. Here the main character addresses the now young man directly, showing a progression in maturity from the previous two stories. Although the action of this story takes place in San Francisco and Los Angeles from 1959 to 1961, when the narrator is still immature, it is written forty years later and shows some reflection. In "A Respectable Married Woman," the narrator relates the story of another woman who was sexually abused by her father, but throughout her adult life has tried to do what she thought society expected of her- to be successfully married. Through nine marriages, Andrea tries to escape the destiny her father laid out for her, but when menopause occurs, she looses the battle. In both "A Respectable Married Woman" and "Eight in the Side, Clean," both set in the '70s, the narrator voyeuristically watches other women in an attempt to learn how to be a woman other than the one who raised her, who did not protect her from her father and who took abuse from her husband and then abused her daughter. "Free Bird" depicts Carol's diminishing control of her life. She looks for heroes as an adolescent might, and even though she is both literally and figuratively "hooked" to the plumbing, she still fights for her freedom. She is handed a stack of cocktail napkins and told to ''write about it," which she ultimately does in this collection. Finally, at the funeral of the abusive father, the narrator's young son is handed a symbol of authority, patriotism and duty- the American Flag from the casket. Mother and child are left with the task of "surviving" the effects of her father's misconduct. It remains uncertain if they will succeed
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