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Drinking Coffee Elsewhere. By ZZ Packer. June 11, Orientation games began the day I arrived at Yale from Baltimore. In my group we played heady. Drinking Coffee Elsewhere. Home · Drinking Coffee Elsewhere Absolutely Elsewhere. Read more Black Coffee. Read more. PDF | Racial and ethnic minority writers have only rarely paid any attention to the ZZ Packer's collection of short stories Drinking Coffee Elsewhere ().
Now, in Drinking Coffee Elsewhere, her impressive range and talent are abundantly evident. Packer dazzles with her command of language-surprising and delighting us with unexpected turns and indelible images, as she takes us into the lives of characters on the periphery, unsure of where they belong. With penetrating insight that belies her youth-she was only nineteen years old when Seventeen magazine printed her first published story-Packer takes us to a Girl Scout camp, where a troupe of black girls are confronted with a group of white girls, whose defining feature turns out to be not their race but their disabilities; to the Million Man March on Washington, where a young man must decide where his allegiance to his father lies; to Japan, where an international group of drifters find themselves starving, unable to find work. Drinking Coffee Elsewhere is a striking debut-fresh, versatile, and captivating. It introduces us to an arresting and unforgettable new American voice.
Daphne is a meek girl, who has no commanding voice, as ZZ Packer writes, "Her voice was petite and twinkly, the voice one might expect from a shiny new earring" 6. Drema and Elise are tag alongs with the main characters of Arnetta, and Octavia. Elise is often ignored. Drema is noted for her interest and curious question of the night stars at the camp. I never see stars back on Oneida Street" Hedy Mrs.
Hedy is Octavia's mother. She is the parent helper of the African American girl's troop.
Hedy constantly talks about her imminent divorce to all the girls. The girls try to redirect Mrs. Hedy from the subject of her husband during a moment when she speaks of her husband, who is even depicted in the clouds and sing her the "Brownie Smile Song.
And I keep it very close at hand in a most convenient place. I'm sure you couldn't guess it if you guessed a long, long while.
So I'll take it out and put it on- It's a great big Brownie smile! Hedy's daughter.
She is the associate girl leader of the African American brownie troop. She is a main character, as Arnetta and Octavia working together insist that Daphne be protected from the White girls racial slur. As a strong character she constantly tells Janice to "shut-up" regarding the impending bathroom confrontation.
Octavia was the only African American girl at Woodrow Wilson school with: "long hair that hung past her butt like a Hawaiian hula dancers" 5. She aligns herself with Arnetta and Octavia, and is anxious to help with the "lession. Laurel is the only character in the short story that questions whether Arnetta actually heard the racial slur.
She seems to be an obstacle to the girls plan of action as she questions what will happen if the other girls deny saying the "word? Margolin Mrs. How is the loss of innocence characterized in these stories?
Why does this scene affect him so strongly? What might he be thinking here about his own father, his own experience as a boy? In what ways are these apparently dissimilar worlds alike?
Why does Tia feel so out of place in both? Do other alternatives exist for her? Do these various settings relate to a larger them in the collection? Why is this an appropriate image with which to end the story and the collection?
In what sense is Doris, or the other characters in the collection, in a state between sleeping and waking? Does this collection perhaps, provide some insight into people who life their life straddling two worlds? Taken together, what do the stories of Drinking Coffee Elsewhere say about the relationship among education, religion, and the struggle for personal freedom?