Corey Allen narrates Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah’s moving collection of short stories, Friday Black (Recorded Books). The themes of these stories include the power divide, minimum-wage work, racism, education, and the consequences of ethical decisions, and Corey shares why it’s a collection well worth your listening time.


“What Nana manages to capture in this series of tales of young black people navigating a constantly moving, constantly shifting American landscape is incredible.”—Narrator Corey Allen

FRIDAY BLACK
by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, read by Corey Allen, and Carra Patterson
Recorded Books
AudioFile Earphones Award

Narrators Corey Allen and Carra Patterson perform this collection of powerful stories, most of which are set in a believable future, although some are speculative or dystopian fiction. Allen narrates the bulk of the pieces, giving the prose a free-verse style and letting the author’s words and the characters’ emotions rise to the surface. The strength of these stories lies in how they reflect contemporary society and connect listeners to the characters’ journeys.

Corey Allen has narrated audiobooks by Chuck Palahniuk, Kwame Alexander, and more—browse his audiography for more listening.

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About the Author



Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah is from Spring Valley, New York. He graduated from SUNY Albany and went on to receive his MFA from Syracuse University.

He was the ’16-’17 Olive B. O’Connor fellow in fiction at Colgate University. 

His work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous publications, including GuernicaCompose: A Journal of Simply Good WritingPrinter’s RowGravel, and The Breakwater Review, where he was selected by ZZ Packer as the winner of the 2nd Annual Breakwater Review Fiction Contest. Friday Black is his first book.