Elbow Room: Stories
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.
"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
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Review: Elbow RoomUser Review - Kim - Goodreads
I first read Elbow Room in 1989. I found it while I was working at a bookstore in 30th Street Station in Philadelphia. I skimmed through it during my lunch break and it intrigued me, so I bought it ... Read full review
Review: Elbow RoomUser Review - Paul Jellinek - Goodreads
I heard one of his stories on tape (chosen by Updike and read by McPherson himself) and was sufficiently impressed to buy this collection of his stories, but unfortunately none of them rose to the same level. I believe it did get the National Book Award, though. Read full review
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