God's Gym: Stories

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Aug 10, 2006 - Fiction - 192 pages
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In God's Gym, the celebrated author John Edgar Wideman offers stories that pulse with emotional electricity. The ten pieces here explore strength, both physical and spiritual. The collection opens with a man paying tribute to the quiet fortitude of his mother, a woman who "should wear a T-shirt: God's Gym." In the stories that follow, Wideman delivers powerful riffs on family and fate, basketball and belief. His mesmerizing prose features guest appearances by cultural luminaries as diverse as the Harlem Globetrotters, Frantz Fanon, Thelonious Monk, and Marilyn Monroe. As always, Wideman astounds with writing that moves from the intimate to the political, from shock to transcendence.

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User Review  - JolleyG - LibraryThing

I like reading short stories on my KIndle, and this one was readily available. So I checked it out. I could tell I wasn't going to like it from the first story,but I stuck with it and read quite a few ... Read full review

GOD'S GYM: Stories

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Fluid structures and tensely contained emotion bulk large in this third collection from the PEN/Faulkner Award winner (Fever, 1989; Philadelphia Fire, 1990; etc.).The method in these ten stories is ... Read full review

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The Silence of Thelonious Monk
Are Dreams Faster Than the Speed of Light
Who Invented the Jump Shot
What We Cannot Speak About We Must Pass Over in Silence
Who Weeps When One of Us Goes Down Blues
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JOHN EDGAR WIDEMAN is the author of more than twenty works of fiction and nonfiction, including the award-winning Brothers and Keepers, Philadelphia Fire, and the story collection God’s Gym. He is the recipient of two PEN/ Faulkner Awards and has been nominated for the National Book Award.

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