Writer Jamel Brinkley Explores Black Masculinity in 'A Lucky Man'

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Jamal Brinkley is the author of, "A Lucky Man." (Photo: Arash Saedinia)

Jamel Brinkley's debut short story collection probes the experience of boys and men as their masculinity brushes up against society's expectations for them. Set in Brooklyn and the South Bronx, the stories revolve around the hopes and travails of black men: two recent college-grads on the prowl for girls, brothers struggling with their family's past. Brinkley joins us to share his thoughts on toxic masculinity, his precise prose and what it's like having a debut collection at the age of 42.

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