Akashic Books has just published Every Boy Should Have a Man, by FIU MFA alumnus Preston L. Allen. Publishers Weekly says “In a future where primitive ‘mans’ are considered pets or food by the dominant, giant humanoi ‘oafs,’ one female man and her daughter become the cherished possessions, then friends, of a young oaf who learns to see them as more than just creatures.” Booklist calls it “Imaginative, versatile, and daring…Allen sharpens our perceptions of class divides, racism, enslavement, and abrupt and devastating climate change to create a delectably adventurous, wily, funny, and wise cautionary parable.”
Allen is a professor at Miami-Dade College. His previous widely-praised novels from Akashic are Jesus Boy and All or Nothing, and his story collection (and thesis) Churchboys and Other Sinners won the Sonya H. Stone Prize in Fiction and was published by Carolina Wren Press. He will be reading from his new novel at 7 this evening, May 8, at Books & Books on Miami Beach.