Zero db and other stories

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Penguin Books, May 3, 1988 - Fiction - 179 pages
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Presents eleven short stories of irrationality and madness set in the ramshackle South, lower Manhattan, and the Great Plains of nineteenth-century America

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Zero db and other stories

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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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3
The Naked Lady
21
Irene
72
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About the author (1988)

Madison Smartt Bell was born and raised in Tennessee; he studied at Princeton University and Hollins College. He has taught in a variety of capacities, including the Iowa Writers' Workshop, the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars, the University of Southern Maine, Goucher College, and as a Fellow at the MacDowell Colony. Much of his writing, which reflects a concern with race relations, has been critically acclaimed. Bell was awarded the 1989 Lillian Smith Award for Soldier's Joy. His 1996 historical novel All Soul's Rising was nominated for both the National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award. All Soul's Rising, which depicts the slave uprising in Haiti in the late eighteenth century, also led to his selection to the Granta's list of Best Young American Novelists. His books include The Washington Square Ensemble (1983), Waiting for the End of the World (1985), Straight Cut (1986), The Year of Silence (1987), Zero dB (1987), Soldier's Joy (1989), Barking Man (1990), Doctor Sleep (1991), Save Me, Joe Lewis (1993), and All Soul's Rising (1996). His short stories have been frequently anthologized, including selection for the annual Best American Short Stories for 1984, 1987, 1989, and 1990. Bell teaches at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland.

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