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Great stories articulate something we did not realize we already knew. They provide words for common joys or miseries we may not have stopped to think about directly before reading them. Stephanie Powell Watts’s debut story collection, We Are Taking Only What We Need, features the lives of poor black North Carolinians. Though the pain her characters experience is ordinary in its prevalence, it is no less devastating, especially given Watts’s unique account of it. Above all, Watts eloquently gives voice to what it means to be alone.

Great stories articulate something we did not realize we already knew. They provide words for common joys or miseries we may not have stopped to think about directly before reading them. Stephanie Powell Watts’s debut story collection, We Are Taking Only What We Need, features the lives of poor black North Carolinians. Though the pain her characters experience is ordinary in its prevalence, it is no less devastating, especially given Watts’s unique account of it. Above all, Watts eloquently gives voice to what it means to be alone.

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  • We Are Taking Only What We Need by Stephanie Powell Watss

    The English professor at Lehigh University came to Baton Rouge in mid-January to accept the 2012 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence, given annually to a rising African-American author. It’s easy to see how We Are Taking Only What We Need merits this distinction. Every story in it, not just those previously published, is surefooted and satisfying. Jolts of insight or resolution auger transformation in her characters, made real on the page through probing reflection and pungent dialogue.

    Watts’ debut collection, We Are Taking Only What We Need, spotlights young black women and teenage girls yearning to take the next step forward, even if it’s just a step toward self-understanding. They encounter damaged family relationships, broken trust, dead-end jobs, crises of faith. Yet they do so with self-awareness, even humor, so that the inward journey trumps external circumstances. Seeing their struggles through their eyes, you’ll find yourself fervently rooting for these heroines.