Elbow Room

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Fawcett Crest, 1983 - Fiction - 286 pages
24 Reviews
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.

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User 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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User Review  - Lisa - Goodreads

This collection of stories won the Pulitzer Prize, yet James Alan McPherson doesn't get nearly the attention he deserves. The stories in Elbow Room are as relevant today as when the collection was ... Read full review

Contents

Like Country Music
9
The Story of a Dead Man
32
The Silver Bullet
56
Copyright

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About the author (1983)

Pulitzer Prize winner and Guggenheim Fellow James Alan McPherson was born in Savannah, Georgia. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and holds an MFA from the University of Iowa. In a writing career that spans forty years, McPherson has been a contributor to many publications, including "The Atlantic, Esquire, " and "Playboy, " and was the editor of "Double Take" magazine. He is a professor of English at the University of Iowa.