A Region Not Home: Reflections From Exile

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Simon & Schuster, Feb 6, 2001 - Literary Criticism - 320 pages
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In this deft collection of essays, Pulitzer Prize-winning author James McPherson offers poignant and lively interpretations of life that illuminate the ebb and flow of its sorrows and delights, and reveals his search for connections between everyday drudgery and a greater sense of purpose. He writes of the longing of the human soul by unifying thoughts of his deep affection for his daughter and the meaning of Disneyland; transcendental meanings in life and the tedium of long waits in airports, coming to self-knowledge and the cruel rituals of fraternity pledge week. A beautiful meditation on what it means to be human -- an enlightening and soulful work reaching to the core of suffering and joy.

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McPherson (Elbow Room; Crabcakes) teaches at the Iowa Writer's Workshop. His work has been featured repeatedly in Best American Short Stories and Best American Essays. Among his awards he can count a ... Read full review

Contents

On Becoming an American Writer
15
Foreword to the Collected Stories of Breece
29
Grant Hall
49
Copyright

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James Alan McPherson is the author of Crabcakes, Hue and Cry, Railroad, and Elbow Room, for which he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1978. His essays and short stories have 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 has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and a MacArthur Prize Fellows Award, and he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1995. He is currently a professor of English at the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

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