Coming of Age in America

A Multicultural Anthology
Edited by:

The acne and ecstasy of adolescence, a multicultural collection of short stories and fiction excerpts that Library Journal calls “wonderfully diverse from the standard fare,” in a beautiful new edition

“This collection is proof that our collective reality is expressed through many fugues, intonations, and accents. It is in the varied voices, the unique stories, and the universal life-sphere of growing up that we find what truly unites us.” —Luis Rodriguez, author of Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A.

By turns touching and hilarious, the classic Coming of Age in America gathers together writers from fifteen different ethnic groups who, through their fiction, explore the terrain we all traverse as we come of age, no matter our race, ethnicity, gender, or class.

With over twenty short stories and fiction excerpts by noted authors such as Julia Alvarez and Frank Chin, Dorothy Allison and Adam Schwartz, Reginald McNight and Tobias Wolff, Coming of Age in America shows that our common experiences are more binding than our differences are divisive. Since its initial publication in 1994, Coming of Age in America has evolved from a groundbreaking collection of underrepresented voices into a timeless album of unforgettable literature. Its editor, Mary Frosch, has since created a series of celebrated anthologies, including Coming of Age Around the World and Coming of Age in the 21st Century. A wonderfully readable collection, this is a marvelous resource for those looking for stories that illustrate the convergence of cultural experience and literature.

Books by Mary Frosch

Coming of Age in the 21st Century
Growing Up in America Today

Mary Frosch

Coming of Age Around the World
A Multicultural Anthology

Faith Adiele, Mary Frosch