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.
James Alan McPherson (1943–2016) was the author of Hue and Cry, Railroad, and Elbow Room, for which he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1978. His essays and short stories appeared in numerous periodicals— including The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, The Atlantic Monthly, Newsday, Ploughshares, The… More about James Alan McPherson
"Twelve deeply felt stories about an extraordinarily various group of black Americans. 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
McPherson’s collection richly deserved the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. This wonderful collection of 12 short stories explores Blacks and whites and is alive with warmth and humor. Bold and very real, these stories examine a world we all know but find difficult to define.
What makes Mr. McPherson’s fiction so rich is his ability to tell a compelling story, craft subtly drawn characters, and make telling observations about American society. This is a book which has stood the test of time and deserves the attention of a new generation of readers.