Skip to main content

The World Doesn't Require You: Stories

About the Book

The World Doesn't Require You: Stories

THE WORLD DOESN'T REQUIRE YOU announces the arrival of a generational talent, as Rion Amilcar Scott shatters rigid genre lines to explore larger themes of religion, violence and love --- all told with sly humor and a dash of magical realism.

Set in the mythical Cross River, Maryland, THE WORLD DOESN'T REQUIRE YOU heralds “a major unique literary talent” (Entertainment Weekly). Established by the leaders of America’s only successful slave revolt in the mid-19th century, the town still evokes the rhythms of its founding. With lyrical prose and singular dialect, Rion Amilcar Scott pens a saga that echoes the fables carried down for generations --- like the screecher birds who swoop down for their periodic sacrifice, and the water women who lure men to wet death.

Among its residents --- wildly spanning decades, perspectives and species --- are David Sherman, a struggling musician who just happens to be God’s last son; Tyrone, a ruthless yet charismatic PhD candidate, whose dissertation about a childhood game ignites mayhem in the neighboring, once-segregated town of Port Yooga; and Jim, an all-too-obedient robot who obeys his Master. Culminating with an explosive novella, THE WORLD DOESN'T REQUIRE YOU is a “leap into a blazing new level of brilliance” (Lauren Groff) that affirms Rion Amilcar Scott as a writer whose storytelling gifts the world very much requires.

The World Doesn't Require You: Stories
by Rion Amilcar Scott

  • Publication Date: August 25, 2020
  • Genres: Fiction, Short Stories
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Liveright
  • ISBN-10: 163149788X
  • ISBN-13: 9781631497889