Elbow Room: Stories

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Scribner, 1987 - Fiction - 241 pages
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A Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of eloquently told stories about black Americans--ministers, professors, convicts, businesswomen--all struggling to protect their individuality and integrity from the demands imposed by others.

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User 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

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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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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.

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