Barking Man: And Other Stories

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Open Road Media, Dec 6, 2011 - Fiction - 234 pages
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Ten tales of misfits in big cities and lonely backwaters, striving to free themselves from traps of their own making In each of Bell’s ten stories, characters struggle through trying times, captives of their own bad decisions or plain bad luck. In “Black and Tan,” a farmer’s fortitude after the tragic death of his family leads him to become a savior of delinquent boys. The title story charts a London student’s crumbling psyche. And in “Petit Cachou” hustlers and panhandlers in the French Riviera experience the darker side of life on a seemingly perfect stretch of the Mediterranean coastline. While depicting characters both sympathetic and hopeless, Bell’s remarkable insight makes for a vivid rendering of civilization’s many frayed edges. Barking Man is the author’s second collection of stories, and presents Bell’s writing at its most unforgettable.

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These stories were previously published in various lit reviews, including, THE ATLANTIC, THE NORTHWEST REVIEW, HARPER’S. Bell, who writes well about marginalized people, appears fascinated here with ... Read full review

Barking man and other stories

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Relentlessly grim and razor-sharp, Bell's stories get better with each offering. Studying people who live on the dark underbelly of society, he presents a crystal-clear vision of humanity that ... Read full review


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Madison Smartt Bell (b. 1957) is a critically acclaimed novelist. Over the last two decades he has produced more than a dozen novels and story collections, as well as numerous essays and reviews. His books have been finalists for the National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award among other honors. Born and raised outside of Nashville, Bell’s fiction is often set in the South, or in New York where he lived as a young writer. Bell and his wife, poet Elizabeth Spires, currently live in Baltimore, Maryland, where they are the codirectors of the writing program at Goucher College.

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