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Elbow Room (Pulitzer Prize Winner)

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A beautiful collection of short stories that explores blacks and whites today, Elbow Room is alive with warmth and humor. Bold and very real, these twelve stories examine a world we all know but find difficult to define.

Whether a story dashes the bravado of young street toughs or pierces through the self-deception of a failed preacher, challenges the audacity of a killer or explodes the jealousy of two lovers, James Alan McPherson has created an array of haunting images and memorable characters in an unsurpassed collection of honest, masterful fiction.

ISBN-13: 9780449213575

Media Type: Paperback(Mass Market Paperback - REISSUE)

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Publication Date: 10-12-1986

Pages: 288

Product Dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.63(d)

Series: Black History Titles Series

James Alan McPherson (1943–2016) was the author of Hue and Cry, Railroad, and Elbow Room, for which he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1978. His essays and short stories appeared in numerous periodicals— including The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, The Atlantic Monthly, Newsday, Ploughshares, The Iowa Review, and Double-Take—and anthologies such as volumes of The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Essays, and O. Henry Prize Stories. McPherson received a Guggenheim Fellowship and a MacArthur Prize Fellows Award, and was a professor of English at the Iowa Writers' Workshop in Iowa City.

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"Twelve deeply felt stories about an extraordinarily various group of black Americans. Mr. McPherson is one of those rare writers who can tell a story describe shadings of character, and make sociological observations with equal subtlety."

The New Yorker