Elbow Room: Stories

Front Cover
Ballantine Books, 1993 - Fiction - 286 pages
58 Reviews
A beautiful collection of short stories that explores blacks and whites today, ELBOW ROOM is alive with warmth and humor. Bold and very real, these twelve stories examine a world we all know but find difficult to define.
Whether a story dashes the bravado of young street toughs or pierces through the self-deception of a failed preacher, challenges the audacity of a killer or explodes the jealousy of two lovers, James Alan McPherson has created an array of haunting images and memorable characters in an unsurpassed collection of honest, masterful fiction.
"Mr. McPherson is one of those rare writers who can tell a story, describe shadings of character, and make sociological observations with equal subtlety." -- The New Yorker

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
19
4 stars
13
3 stars
15
2 stars
8
1 star
3

Review: Elbow Room

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

Review: Elbow Room

User Review  - 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

Contents

Like Country Music
9
The Story of a Dead Man
32
The Silver Bullet
56
Copyright

9 other sections not shown

Common terms and phrases

About the author (1993)

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.

Bibliographic information