Zero db: And Other Stories

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Open Road Media, Dec 6, 2011 - Fiction - 184 pages
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Madison Smartt Bell’s celebrated debut story collection about the daily struggles of life in America The characters in this captivating collection of stories are linked by imprisonment in desperate circumstances and the currents of history that carry them along. Praised for its clarity of voice and vision, Zero db and Other Stories begins with a grim tour of the Deep South that includes a visit to a Tennessee slaughter yard, an unflinching look at the underbelly of the Northeast, and even a trip back in time to the Great Plains of the nineteenthth century and the confluence of events leading up to the Battle of Little Bighorn. Engrossing and brimming with insight, Bell’s early stories are remarkable for their ambition of scope and the author’s deft rendering of human diversity.
 

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Bell, author of the critically well-received novel Waiting for the End of the World ( LJ 9/15/85), among others, writes with razor-sharp precision of grim doings in the rural South and the seamy side ... Read full review

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The Naked Lady
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The Structure and Meaning of Dormitory and Food Services
III
Today Is a Good Day to
A Biography of Madison Smartt Bell

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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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